Is there any noun for a person who has special place/respect/love for people belonging to his own state within a country?


Something that I've seen used (and have used myself) is by saying that such a person is a proud [insert state demonym here]. For example, I'm from the state of Oregon. If I was to call myself "someone who loves the state of Oregon and the people of Oregon", I would say this:

I am a proud Oregonian.

All the states have a demonym that can be used instead of "Oregonian".

EDIT: Of course, this can be used for states outside of the US, as @ColleenV mentioned in their comment.

  • Keep in mind that countries other than the US have states within them, like India. – ColleenV May 27 '16 at 16:38
  • @ColleenV Yes, that's true. I was just using the US as an example. – keitereth24 May 27 '16 at 16:50
  • I just got stuck on the definite article in "all the states" - it's probably true though that all states in the world have some way of referring to their residents. – ColleenV May 27 '16 at 16:53

A patriot is a person who loves and zealously supports and defends their country.


It is also used to show one's love and attachment to their own state.

Faulkner was a Mississippi patriot with a profound understanding of the historic injustices done black Americans but... (Bye Bye, Miss American Empire: Neighborhood Patriots, Backcountry Rebels, and Their Underdog Crusades to Redraw America's Political Map, by Bill Kauffman)

Abraham Owen, a Kentucky patriot who sacrificed his life at the Battle of Tippecanoe in 1811.

It’s a rather touchingly nostalgic essay in regret by a Kansas patriot mourning that his fellow Kansans have been left behind by that same wonderful “history”...

Google search on Michigan patriot.


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    That doesn't have anything to do with their own state within a country, though. – stangdon May 27 '16 at 16:39
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    @stangdon This is certainly the term I would use for someone with a particular affinity for his/her state: as good New Jersey patriots, they always have Bon Jovi in the rotation, or you can't expect a Michigan patriot like Uncle Frank to even consider a Toyota. – choster May 27 '16 at 16:46

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