STATE MOTTO:The New Mexico state motto was first used in 1882, when acting Territorial Secretary, William G. Ritch, added the Latin phrase Crescit Eundo to an early 1860's version of the territorial seal. In 1887, Ritch's version of the seal, including the words Crescit Eundo, was adopted by the legislature as part of the official New Mexico Territory seal and coat of arms.
When New Mexico became a state in 1912, the Legislature appointed a commission to settle on a design for an official "state" seal. As it turned out, the seal recommended by the commission and adopted by the Legislature was almost identical to the territorial seal and included the words Crescit Eundo.
The Latin phrase, Crescit Eundo, can be translated as "Increases as it goes" or, more commonly as New Mexico's motto, "Grows as it goes."
The phrase is taken from Book VI of Lucretius' epic scientific poem De rerum natura, (On the Nature of Things).
Chapter 12, Article 3 of the New Mexico Statutes
The coat of arms of the state shall be the Mexican eagle grasping a serpent in its beak, the cactus in its talons, shielded by the American eagle with outspread wings, and grasping arrows in its talons; the date 1912 under the eagles and, on a scroll, the motto: "Crescit Eundo." The great seal of the state shall be a disc bearing the coat of arms and having around the edge the words "Great Seal of the State of New Mexico."
History: Laws 1887, ch. 70, § 1; C.L. 1897, § 3798; Code 1915, § 5422; C.S. 1929, § 135-101; 1941 Comp., § 3-1301; 1953 Comp., § 4-14-1[/SIZE][/SIZE][/SIZE]
I'm sure you have allready looked it up and found that though it's all I have. I heard that they are trying to change it bc they see it as an embarrasment to be put on the state quarter. i like it and agree with the woman who said that it means that there is always "room" to expand our hopes and future. If you've ever been to our area of NM you would understand. my hubby and i wondered the same thing, so we looked it up.