How Ree Drummond Came to Be Called "The Pioneer Woman"

Read the fascinating story behind Ree Drummond's moniker.

If you're reading this article, chances are you love The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond. We're guessing her name is frequently dropped in your household. We're thinking her recipes are just as frequently dropped on your dining room table for dinner. Perhaps Saturday morning is even lovingly dubbed "Pioneer Woman" time, given how frequently you and your loved ones tune into her Food Network show.

But have you ever stopped and wondered how Drummond got the nickname? Little did we know, but there's actually an interesting story behind the tag. According to an article on Drummond's site,, the nickname actually started off as a joke when Drummond, who attended the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, let her loved ones know she was packing up shop and moving to Pawhuska, Oklahoma to marry a cattle rancher named Ladd.

"I was literally THE last person anyone ever pictured moving to the country," she says in the piece (though it's worth noting she lived in Bartlesville, Oklahoma until she graduated high school). "When I announced my engagement to a cowboy, my childhood friends couldn't believe it."

Even though the nickname was initially a joke among her inner circle, after she moved to Pawhuska and married Ladd, the name would resurface a few years later. As the article describes, several years into Drummond's time in Pawhuska, she and Ladd lost water pressure at their house and had to make do without running water for four months.

"I hauled in water, boiled it on the stove so I could wash dishes, and did what I had to do to get by," Drummond says. "A neighboring ranching friend, upon hearing of my plight, called and told me I was a real Pioneer Woman—only this time it wasn't a joke! If I hadn't been so busy hauling water at the time, I might have stopped to revel in the title a little more."

Read the full article here.

Once Drummond started her blog, she used the name, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Well, now we know. We're definitely holding onto that unique piece of trivia. And making Pioneer Woman chocolate cake ASAP.

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