Gender: Female Meaning of Senna: "brightness" Origin of Senna: Botanical name; Arabic

Senna Origin and Meaning

The name Senna is a girl's name of Arabic origin meaning "brightness".

Senna is a flowering bush common in the tropics, with bright yellow flowers. In herbal medicine, Senna has gained some notice as the active ingredient in so-called "dieter's teas," which works mainly as a laxative. While that is a less-than-savory association, Senna has a pretty sound and is a fresh entry in the flourishing botanical names genus.

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cheesy-biscuit Says:


A beautiful name... if only it wasn’t for the laxative

Luísa Says:


Ayrton Senna and Rio Sena (la Seine in Portuguese) - my only associations with it.

baileymbrown Says:


Please do not name your baby after a laxative!

Poppet93 Says:


It's a laxative!

Es Ro Says:


All I can think of is the laxative.

Essa Says:


I think this name look beautiful written down and my initial reaction was that I loved it but then I said it out loud and all I heard was 'sinner' whether you're religious or not, it's not really an association you want to have with your name. I thought I was going to love this because I think Sienna is so glamorous but a bit 'try hard' for my tastes.

snowsbeloved Says:


Another deterrent for Senna , at least for me, is that it's a homonym for cena, the Spanish word for "dinner". Not to mention the laxative association.

Bobcat108 Says:


Melissa, that was my first thought as well. Senna is just a no for me.

pixelatedinfants Says:


I love this name. When I grow up, im totally naming my daughter Senna!

Melissa Says:


Senna is very commonly known as a kind of laxative used to treat constipation. I am so sorry to tell you so. It is a beautiful sounding name otherwise but that will be the first association for a lot of people.

Jodie Mcardell Says:


Senna like the famous F1 driver Ayrton Senna