More importantly, William of Orange came from Orange in the South of France. The place name Orange has nothing to do with the colour orange, it comes from the name of a Celtic god Arausio after whom the town was named. The word for the colour and fruit 'orange' has a different origin, coming from a Dravidian language, possibly Tamil. The colour orange came to be associated with the House of Orange Nassau in the seventeenth century in a cating reference. The word Orange was used to describe the fruit in English from the thirteenth century, but it was not until the early sixteenth that the word was used to descibe a colour, until then the colour was referred to as 'yellow-red'.