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Origin: Etruscan, Latin

Meaning: deriving its name from 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.

Siena 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 Senius and his brother Aschius, the sons of Remus who was killed by his brother Romulus in Roman mythology; the name itself might be from Latin senex meaning "old".

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