About Connecticut

Connecticut, “the nutmeg state,” is the third smallest state in the United States yet it is the fourth most densely populated. The name Connecticut is an anglicized version of the Algonquian word for “long tidal river.” The state has a storied maritime history; there is a long tradition of oyster harvesting in Long Island Sound along the Connecticut coastline, as the native oysters are known for their quality and flavor. Connecticut is a leader in the insurance and finance industries, with The Hartford, Aetna, and GE Capital headquartered in the state. The Ivy League college Yale University, which was founded in 1701, is located in New Haven. Many Yale students eat at Louis’ Lunch in New Haven which claims to be the birthplace of the hamburger. (The Library of Congress recognizes this as the origin of the hamburger, but many other restaurants in the country dispute that claim.) Connecticut is also home to the greatest women’s college basketball program in history: Geno Auriemma’s Huskies have won an astounding 11 national titles.


In 2016, there were 27,434 obituaries reported in the state of Connecticut on Legacy.com. This is a 3% decrease from 2015 when 28,168 obituaries were reported in Connecticut. You can browse through the full list of Connecticut obituaries to find life stories that may be of interest to you.