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Quick Facts on Siena

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • Italian, Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 688
Simple meaning:
Old, to be old

Characteristics of Siena

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Etymology & Historical Origin - Siena

Siena is a place name located in central northern Italy in the region of Tuscany.  According to medieval legend, this ancient, isolated hill town was founded by Senio, the son of Remus (of Romulus and Remus fame; i.e., the legendary founders of Rome in the 8th century BC). This myth is celebrated with statues and other artistic renderings of a she-wolf and the twins repeated throughout the city. More likely, however, Siena was founded by ancient Etruscans many centuries BCE (the Etruscans are now extinct, long ago absorbed by the Latins); they were known for establishing settlements in well-protected hill areas and, given their advanced irrigation systems, they were successful at it. In this case, the specific Etruscan tribe, the Saina, would later give way to the Roman family name (Saenii) from the Latin “senex” meaning “old” (from seneo “to be old”).  In the first century AD, the Romans gain control of Siena and in the second century, the Via Cassia road was built from Rome to Florence with passage through Siena (positioning her on a vital trading route). The Lombards came in the 6th century and by the 7th century, the Via Francigena was built (the road to France) which became an important link between Rome and France and a pilgrimage route for medieval Christians, once again elevating Siena’s location on the Western European map. Although the Tuscan town of Siena is quite “old,” as a female personal name, Siena is rather new. Not-so-ironically it’s used more by English-speakers than Italians. In fact, it’s most popular in Australia.

Popularity of the Name Siena

Siena first appeared on the American female naming charts in 2005 which is right when Sienna was gaining prominence and more widespread usage (thanks to Sienna Miller). Basically, Siena has been riding the wave of Sienna’s popularity although to a much lesser extent. In fact, Siena may be leveling out at mild to low usage at this point. For parents who are attracted to this name it really just comes down to a matter of spelling preference. Sienna with two “N”s is more fanciful while Siena with one “N” is more Italian.
Popularity of the Girl Name Siena
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Siena

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    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Siena

    Siena We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Siena.

  • Popular Songs on Siena

    Popular Songs on Siena

    Siena - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Siena.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Siena

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Siena

    Secrets of Siena (Dianne Ahern) - Book #4 in the series, Adventures with Sister Philomena, Special Agent to the Pope. Even nuns get to take a holiday! In this adventure, Sister Philomena, her niece Delaney, and nephew Riley, are invited to Siena, Italy for the famous Palio horse race and festival. Their vacation plans abruptly change when they stumble upon mysterious documents while visiting the childhood home of Saint Catherine of Siena. It's possible they have found a centuries-old letter written by Saint Catherine along with a ransom note addressed to the Pope. Of course they must investigate! Their search for answers takes them on a fast trip across Europe to Avignon, France, and the famous Palace of the Popes. In the course of their investigation, the children learn about Saint Catherine and the history of the Church in the 1300s when the papacy was forced to flee from Rome to Avignon for safety. The book features peeks into the cultures of both Italy and France and teaches a few Italian and French words and phrases. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Siena at the Store: The Sound of S (Cecilia Minden) - Learn about the sound of the letter S, as Siena and her mother go to the store to buy sandals, but end up buying surprises for the entire family. Recommended for ages 5-7.

  • Famous People Named Siena

    Famous People Named Siena

    Famous People Named Siena - Catherine of Siena (Italian Saint)

  • Children of Famous People Named Siena

    Children of Famous People Named Siena

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Siena - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Siena.

  • Historic Figures

    Siena - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Siena - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Siena.

Personality of the Girl Name Siena

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

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