A conversation in IM ensued:
Andrew Womack: Alright, I fixed it in the headlines. Thanks for catching that.
Kate Schlegel: No problem. I’ve actually got a list of every state’s resident name.
Andrew Womack: No way.
Kate Schlegel: No, really, it’s true. Check your email.
So I did. And learned:
AlabamansAndrew Womack: Wow.
Washingtonians (both the state and D.C.)
Kate Schlegel: Told you.
Andrew Womack: Impressive list. It’s actually Texian, though.
Kate Schlegel: Ha. No.
Kate Schlegel: I like Michigander. I wonder what they’d all look like mapped out, like on a map of the U.S.?
Andrew Womack: Hmm.
While the majority of statesand the meat of the central and central-west U.S.go with -an to describe their residents, second place easily goes to the -ian suffix, favored on the west coast, the southeastern states, and as far north as Pennsylvania. People who are -ers, however, are entirely housed in the northeast. The ending -ites appears to have no regional basis, and the lovely -ders are only found in Michigan.
During this exercise, a pair of emails arrived from Indianians, both of which alerted us that, thank you very much, people from Indiana are not Indianians, nor are they Indianans, but, in fact, are Hoosiers.