Connecticut State Motto

Connecticut Motto

Qui Transtulit Sustinet

The state motto of Connecticut, “Qui Transtulit Sustinet,” translates into “He Who Transplanted Still Sustains.”

While the origin of the motto is uncertain, it has been associated with the various versions of the state seal beginning with the Saybrook Colony Seal. The Saybrook Colony itself was established in late 1635. A former State Librarian, Charles J. Hoadly, suggested in an article published in the 1889 edition of the Connecticut State Register and Manual, that the 80th Psalm may be a possible source. Particularly the line, “Thou hast brought a vine out of Egypt: thou hast cast out the heathen, and planted it.”