Connecticut State Symbols

Connecticut State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots

Connecticut Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots

Connecticut is a state rich with history. Students studying here can visit Mark Twain's Hartford home where he created the literary characters Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. Also nearby is the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, where visitors can learn all about the famous author and her novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin, which was instrumental in shaping US society and culture.

Connecticut is one of the original 13 states, and known as the "Constitution State." Connecticut gets its name from an Algonquian word meaning "land on the long tidal river." Hartford has been the capital of Connecticut since 1875 and the state animal (mammal) is the sperm whale (Physeter Macrosephalus) .

Connecticut State Symbols contains descriptions and pictures of the state symbols, emblems, and mascots of the state, which can be quickly accessed. This resource guide represents many of Connecticut state facts such as Connecticut state symbols, the state flower, the state gemstone, the state insect, the state tree, the state bird, the state animal, the state flag that flies over Connecticut, and the capital, as well as many more symbols, emblems, and mascots.

Connecticut State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots


Symbol Name - (Species)

Aircraft F4U Corsair
Animal (mammal) Sperm Whale
(Physeter Macrosephalus)
Bird American Robin 
(Turdus migratorius)
Cantata "Nutmeg"
by Stanley L. Ralph
Children's state flower Michaela Petit's four-o'clocks
(Mirabilis jalapa) - June 19, 2015
Coat of Arms  Arms of the State of Connecticut
Composer Charles Ives
Fish American shad
(Alosa sapidissima)
Flag State Flag
Flagship and Tall Ship Ambassador Freedom Schooner Amistad
Flower Mountain Laurel
(Kalmia latifolia)
Folk Dance Square Dance
Fossil Dinosaur Tracks
(Eubrontes Giganteus)
Hero Nathan Hale
Heroine Prudence Crandall
Insect Praying Mantis
(Mantis religiosa)
Mineral Garnet
(Almandine garnet)
Motto "Qui Transtulit Sustinet,"
(He Who Transplanted Still Sustains)
Nicknames "Constitution State"
Poet Laureate 2010-2015 Dick Allen
2007-2010 John Hollander
2001-2006 Marilyn Nelson
1996-2001 Leo Connellan
1985-1995 James Merrill
Polka "The Ballroom Polka "
Composed by Ray Henry Mocarski
Quarter Connecticut State Quarter
Seal Great Seal
Shellfish Eastern Oyster
(Crassostrea virginica)
Ship "USS Nautilus" (SSN-571)
Song "Yankee Doodle"
Words & Music: Francis Hopkinson
Song "Beautiful Connecticut Waltz"
Composed by Joseph Leggo of Newington
Tartan Tartan
Tree White Oak
(Quercus albus)

2013-2014 Kristen Graves
2011-2012 Chuck Costa
2009-2010 Lara Herscovitch
2007-2008 Pierce Campbell
2005-2006 Thomasina Levy
2003-2004 Dennis Waring
2001-2002 Kevin Briody
1999-2000 Hugh Blumenfield
1998 Jeff and Synia McQuillan
1997 Sally Rogers
1996 Mike Kachuba
1995 Bill Pere
1994 Phil Rosenthal
1993 Sandy and Caroline Paton
1991-1992 Tom Callinan

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