The Origin and Meaning of the
The history, origin and meaning of each of the state's nicknames are
The origin of the official Constitution nickname are believed to
relate a statement made by the American philosopher and historian
John Fiskes (1842–1901) who claimed that the Fundamental Orders of
1638-1639 was the first written constitution in history. The General
Assembly designated Connecticut with this nickname in 1959.
The origins of the nickname 'Arsenal of the Nation' dates back to
the American Revolution when factories produced the guns and
firearms that were the main suppliers to the Continental Army.
The Land of Steady Habits derives from the effort that was made to
raise a high level of moral consciousness and behaviour in the
The Nutmeg is said to be a reference to some far from honest
citizens who were said cheated buyers by selling them wooden
nutmegs. The Provisions State is a reference to the War of
Independence (1775–1783) when Connecticut supplied the American soldiers with
most of its food and canon.