How was CCSU's "Blue Devils" nickname chosen and by whom?

How was CCSU's "Blue Devils" nickname chosen and by whom?
Good afternoon,

My name is Eli Powell and I'm a college sports writer and historian. My current project, the Name-a-Day Calendar, is focusing on the athletics nickname history for all current NCAA Division I institutions (you can find it here: Mostly, I'm looking for when the current nickname was adopted, how, and by whom.

I am currently researching the history for Central Connecticut's "Blue Devils" nickname and coming up short of a satisfactory history. I've found a 1998 article from the Hartford Courant that states the nickname was adopted in 1946, but that's all the information I can find on this topic. This article speculates on where this nickname might have come from, but doesn't give any specific explanation. I've also looked through the school's yearbook archive from that time period to no avail.

Any information you may have on the "Blue Devils" nickname would be greatly appreciated. Central Connecticut's entry in the Name-a-Day Calendar is scheduled to publish on December 19, so I do have a deadline on this, but it's not immediate.

Thank you for your help.


Hi Eli,

The University Archivist, Renata Vickrey is off this week. I spoke with Christopher O'Conner, the Athletics Communication Director, and he sent me an old email with some information regarding the origination of CCSU's Blue devils. Renata's assistant, Gretchen, also found some supplemental information, but not exactly what you were looking for.  Both are attached. I hope this is helpful. If you have any other questions, I can be reached at OR 80-832-2095.


Susan Susan Slaga-Metivier

Reference and Instruction Librarian

  • Last Updated Dec 06, 2022
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