Sienna is the name of a city in Tuscany, Italy, notable for the clay used to make the pigment known as sienna, which is a reddish-brown pigment when heated (yellowish-brown in its raw form), and from which the city gets its name from. The city itself was
founded over two thousand years ago by the Etruscans; the name itself is uncertain though it could have come from a tribe that lived there, the Saina, or it could have come from the name of a Gaulish tribe called the Senones. There’s also a legend where it was supposedly founded by the sons of Remus, Senius and Aschius, who fled Rome after their father was murdered by their uncle Romulus; the name Senius comes from Latin senex meaning “old, aged” derived from PIE *sénos (old, aged).
- Siena (English, Italian)
- Sena (Latin)