But it wasn't the state's actual nickname until the state legislature voted on it this past session. House Concurrent Resolution 78 made the moniker official, and it's one of more than 1200 hundred new or amended laws and resolutions from the last session.
More than half of those go into effect Tuesday, September 1.
PHOTOS: Here are some of the Lone Star State highlights:
To see a list of all 2015 bills signed by Governor Greg Abbott and those that became law without his signature, visit: http://gov.texas.gov/news/bills