It was the fruit that was originally named "Orange" and not the color. The word comes from the Dravidian language, and it went through numerous changes through years and different languages. In Sanskrit, the word became "naranga" which literally meant "orange tree". The word was introduced to the English vocabulary through the Spanish word for orange "naranja", after removing the leading "n". Before then, the English word for the orange color was "geoluhread" which in old English it meant "yellow-red"