What does "Connecticut" mean?
The name Connecticut originates from the Algonquian word "Quinnehtukqut" (beside the long tidal river). The name Connecticut was established early in the 1600's (referring to the Connecticut River). Many state names evolved from Native American languages. All State Name Origins
Connecticut was the fifth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution on January 9, 1788 (order of statehood). Connecticut's official nickname is "The Constitution State" because it's believed that ideas for writing of the U.S. Constitution were drawn from the first constitution of Connecticut ("The Fundamental Orders" of 1638-39).