Thank you for Voting! Maryland’s Famous
Blue Crab Has Been Named!


The quest to name Maryland’s famous blue crab on the Treasure the Chesapeake license plate is over! During the month of August, almost 2,000 names and votes were submitted to the Chesapeake Bay Trust’s “Name our Crab” competition. Residents from Maryland and throughout the country have suggested their most creative and funny name ideas for this iconic crustacean and then voted on our top three:

- Chesapeake Bay Trust needs some female representation in their "spokes-animals":) Clawdia is a simple play on the name Claudia, and represents the blue crab's most famous/infamous appendages!"
- Emily Rhode, La Plata, Md.

Shelly-Shelly is an anatomical reference and a nice name for Wade's girlfriend! (Wade is heron on Maryland Chesapeake Bay tags)
- Suzanne Weber, Annapolis, Md.

Edgar B. Pinchon- Edgar popped into my mind as the crab fisherman from Deadliest Catch. I came up with the initial B for Blue, and Pinchon as a play on pinching (for the claws)." - Peggy Wittman, Easton, Md.

And the Winner is...


Congratulations Emily Rhode for being the Name Our Crab winner!


Help us name our crab on Maryland's Bay plate!

There are many creatures who call the Chesapeake Bay their home, but there are a few that stand out more than Maryland's famous blue crab.

Last year the Chesapeake Bay Trust received thousands of suggestions and votes to help name the iconic blue heron featured on the Maryland Treasure the Chesapeake license plate. In the end, Wade was born!

This year, we are continuing the tradition and asking YOU to help us name another iconic Bay creature, the blue crab! While many people may recognize Wade the Heron on our Bay plates, many don't even notice this little crab huddled in the corner. What is his name? Or what is her name? Should Wade have a girlfriend? Help us decide!

THANK YOU to everyone who helped us name to our crab by voting in our NAME OUR CRAB competition!


Last year voters chose the name Wade for the Trust's blue heron mascot!

Last year voters chose the name Wade for the Trust's blue heron mascot!