Flags of the World (U)

Name & image of flag



United Kingdom flag
  • The Union Jack is another name for the UK flag
  • The term 'Union Jack' hails from 'jack', a term used to describe a small flag flown from the mast of a ship

  • The jack staff is a pole on the bow of a ship or smaller vessel on which the jack (a particular type of flag) would be flown

United States flag
  • The US flag is also known as the Stars and Stripes, the Star-Spangled Banner, and the Old Glory

  • The Grand Union flag (also known as the Continental Colours and the Cambridge flag) (1775-1777)

  • Francis Hopkinson's US flag, designed in 1777, was the very 1st version with stars and stripes

  • The 48-star flag (1912-1959)
  • With the addition of New Mexico (6 Jan 1912) and Arizona (14 Feb 1912), the number of stars was increased from 46 to 48 in 1912
  • The 48-star flag is the 2nd longest-used flag

  • The 50-star flag (1960-present))
  • With the addition of Alaska (3 Jan 1959) and Hawaii (21 Aug 1959), the number of stars was increased from 48 to 50 in 1960
  • The 50-star flag is the longest-used flag