"How I love this land."

Old Dominion is one of the best-known nicknames for Virginia. It is thought to be derived from the fact that Virginia was the first, and therefore the oldest, of the overseas dominions of the kings and queens of England. The seal and coat of arms of the colony in use from 1607 until 1624, when the Virginia Company of London directed the colonization of Virginia, included the words, "En Dat Virginia Quintam", indicating that Virginia was the fifth of the realms, or domains, of the English Crown (along with Scotland, Ireland, and France). A popular and plausible belief is that after Parliamentarians executed King Charles I and forced the king's namesake, son and heir into exile (governing without a monarch), the governor and General Assembly of Virginia proclaimed Prince Charles II the king and maintained that position despite pressure to "fall in line." King Charles II referred to Virginia as "his loyal old dominion" at the time that he was restored to the throne in 1660. Now you know!