Maryland is a state in the Mid-Atlantic and Southern regions of the , bordering VirginiaWest Virginia, and the  of Columbia to its and Pennsylvania to its ; and Delaware and the Atlantic Ocean to its .

Baltimore is the largest in the , and the is Annapolis.

Among its occasional nicknames are Old Line , the Free , and the Chesapeake Bay .

It is named after the Queen Henrietta Maria, known in as Queen Mary, who was the wife of King Charles I.