Since this is our third time to live in Virginia, I feel very remiss in not having a clue why it is called the Old Dominion State. I set out to find out the history behind the name.
There are two schools of thought, the first being that Virginia was the first, and therefore the oldest, of the overseas dominions of the Kings and Queens of England. The second is a bit more interesting as it refers to King Charles II referring to Virginia as his loyal old dominion at the time of the restoration. I'll let you read all about it here although it seems contradictory as in one place it says there is no documentary proof of his statement and yet it also quotes an address in 1700 where he says a form of the statement.