- Abraham Lincoln was born in Kentuckey.
- The name of the state is derived from a Cherokee
name for the area south of the Ohio River. The
early pioneers spelled the name in many ways,
including Kaintuckee and Cantuckey. Its meaning
is disputed, but some historians believe it means
- In Kentucky, it is illegal to marry your wife's grandmother.
- The state's official nickname is the Bluegrass
State, which is derived from the famed bluegrass
grown in pastures in central Kentucky. The grass,
while green itself, has buds with a purplish-blue
hue, which give pastures a bluish tint when seen
from a distance. The nickname also recognizes the
role that the Bluegrass region has played in
Kentucky's economy and history.