ORIGINS: Settled in 1641 under the jurisdiction of New Haven.
NAME: Originally called Rippowam after the Native American inhabitants in the area, the settlement was named Stamford in 1642. It's unknown why Stamford was chosen, since there's no record that anyone from the English town of the same name had settled there. But one legend says that two roosters, named Ayreshire and Stamforde, fought in front of the meeting house, with Stamforde winning.
DID YOU KNOW? The first portable typewriter was patented by G.C. Blickensderfer of Stamford. In 1982, The permanent artificial heart, first used in 1982, was invented by Stamford native Robert Jarvik.
FAMOUS RESIDENTS: Jazz musician Benny Goodman, Mount Rushmore sculptor Gutzon Borglum, baseball great Jackie Robinson and pop star Rihanna. Baseball manager Bobby Valentine was a star athlete at Rippowam High; he owns a home and downtown restaurant in town.Copyright © 2015, CT Now