I am officially a resident of Maryland now. I was a Virginia resident for 12 years. TWELVE. So this is big. My car is registered and titled in Maryland, I have Maryland plates, I have a Maryland license, and I have registered to vote in Maryland. Maryland Maryland Maryland. Maryland, My Maryland, which is apparently the state song. (I had to google that. Never heard of it.) Maryland. That is not my favorite state name. Lacks imagination. Even Virginia required a teensy bit of imagination. (Sorry, Maryland.) I do think, as far as state names go, that Maryland ranks above New York, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New Jersey. At least the North/South states (and West Virginia) started out as one state. Splitting and taking a whole new name might have been traumatic.