State symbols have been around in the U.S. for a mainstay of U.S. culture since the very beginning. Official symbols are used to represent the cultural heritage and natural history of each state in the most fun way possible.

Connecticut is no different from many other U.S. states and it has an abundance of fantastic symbols that are indicative to the state’s historical roots and geological history. There are also recognizable icons and emblems for each state, such as state seals and flags, nicknames and mottos, and much more which are all included in our Connecticut state symbol list.

Connecticut state symbol

Connecticut State Symbols List

There are an incredible amount of state of Connecticut symbols which creates a whole host of interesting facts, both from the past and present. We have shortlisted the top 5 most significant Connecticut state symbols below and further down the page you will find a comprehensive list with each Connecticut symbol and the date they were officially created.

Connecticut State Animal

The Connecticut state animal is the sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus), which was officially adopted during 1975 and has been the animal to represent the state ever since.

Connecticut state animal

The reason for this adoption is the relationship between the animal and the state, playing a significant role in the state’s history, with Connecticut being the second-highest whaling state in the U.S. at the time. Unfortunately, the sperm whale is now on the federal endangered species list, but fortunately, whale hunting is now completely illegal.

Connecticut State Bird and Flower

The beautiful, peaceful, and loyal American Robin (Turdus migratorius) became the official Connecticut state bird in 1943. Robins are one of America’s favorite songbirds, with Michigan and Wisconsin also using the bird to represent them.

Connecticut state bird and flower

It was in 1907 when Connecticut adopted the mountain laurel (Kalima latifolia) as the official state flower. These flowers are some of the most incredibly beautiful native American shrubs in history and can be found over the state in abundance. The Connecticut state bird and flower really do showcase the state’s historical roots and beauty.

Connecticut State Seal

The state seal of Connecticut was adopted in 1775 and features a trio of grapevines. Underneath the grapevines is a banner with the official state motto reading: “Sustinet Qui Transtulit” (Latin for He who is transplanted still sustains). Sigillum Reipublicae Connecticutensis is Latin and translates to “Seal of the State of Connecticut”.

Connecticut State Insect

The European praying mantis (Mantis religiosa) has been the insect to represent the state since 1977. This incredibly unique and fascinating insect originates from North Africa and Southern Europe, however, to the surprise of many, it is found in an abundance throughout the state of Connecticut. These mantis’ are incredibly beneficial for farmers as they help reduce the population of harmful insects, ensuring the perfect environment for agriculture.

Connecticut state insect

Connecticut State Tree

The Charter Oak tree (Quercus albus) is the official state tree of Connecticut, and it has been since 1947. The charter oak was a white oak tree that actually fell down during the great storm in 1856, the tree was over 200 years old when this took place.

Connecticut state tree

All Connecticut State Symbols (Table)

Now that we have taken a look at some of the more popular and notable state symbols that are associated with the state of Connecticut, it makes sense to showcase all the Connecticut state symbols that are best used to represent the state’s history and more present achievements and moments. Here is the complete list of symbols:

Type Of SymbolState SymbolYear
Connecticut State AircraftF4U Corsair2005
Connecticut State AnimalSperm Whale (Physeter Macrocephalus)1975
Connecticut State BirdAmerican Robin (Turdus migratorius)1943
Connecticut State FlagCivil and State Flag1897
Connecticut State FlowerMichaela Petit's four-o'clocks (Mirabilis jalapa)2015
Connecticut State ComposerCharles Edward Ives (1874-1954)1991
Connecticut State FishAmerican shad (Alosa sapidissima)2003
Connecticut State FlowerMountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia)1907
Connecticut State Folk DanceSquare Dance1995
Connecticut State FossilEubrontes giganteus1991
Connecticut State MineralGarnet (Almandine garnet)1977
Connecticut State Poet LaureateJohn Hollander2001
Connecticut State Polka"Ballroom Polka," written and composed by Ray Henry Mocarski2013
Connecticut State SealSeal of the State of Connecticut1775
Connecticut State ShellfishEastern Oyster (Crassostrea virginica)1989
Connecticut State ShipUSS Nautilus (SSN-571)1983
Connecticut State Song"Yankee Doodle," composer unknown1978
Connecticut State Song (second)"Beautiful Connecticut Waltz," composed by Joseph Leggo of Newington2013
Connecticut State TreeWhite Oak (Quercus albus)1947