Massachusetts Audio-Datei / Hörbeispiel [mæsəˈtʃuːsɪts] (offiziell: The Commonwealth of Mal in Captain John Smiths Buch A Description of New England () auf. Der Beiname von Massachusetts ist Bay State (Staat an der Bucht). There are two theories about why Massachusetts is called the Bay State. The first states that the name is connected to how. The answer to this probably isn't what you expected! Most Bostonians would guess that Massachusetts has this nickname simply because it's a.