Talk:Cayenne

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Name origin[edit]

What does the name Cayenne mean? 68.40.65.164 00:43, 23 May 2007 (UTC)

One likely source is that it was named after Caïenne, one of the sons of the Galibi Indian chief Cépérou from whom Lieutenant-General Poncet de Brétigny (on behalf of French King Louis XIII) acquired the land on which the city lies (in 1643). Reference this link to a book by Jean-Michel Lemaire. Indirectly, I think that the French word la caïenne originally referred to some kind of stove. Backspace 07:00, 19 August 2007 (UTC)

Is it really true as is stated in the article that the cayenne pepper is named after the city of Cayenne? There is no source given. I always would have assumed that this would have been the case without any doubt, up until today. However, I just read in Online Etymology Dictionary [1] that it is "mistakenly associated with the town of Cayenne" and that the name of the pepper is in fact from the Tupi word (a language native to Brazil) kyynha meaning "capsicum". I'm really not sure what to believe either way.