There are two explanations for the three grapevines in the center of the shield. One theory is that they represent the first three towns in Connecticut - Hartford, Wethersfield and Windsor. Another interpretation is that the vines stand for the three colonies or settlements - New Haven, Saybrook and Connecticut (Hartford), which by 1665 had merged to form the Connecticut of that time.

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Courtesy of the League of Women Voters of Connecticut, Inc.

The State Motto written in Latin - "Qui Transtulit Sustinet" - translates to "He who transplanted still sustains".