The name purple comes from an old English word purpul which came from a greek word porphura which was the name of a snail from which a dye was extracted from the snail’s mucous. I can only surmise that this wasn’t the easiest thing to do because those that wore purple in these ancient times were Roaman Emporors and magistrates, then later Roman Catholic Bishops thus associating it with royalty and the church.
Each culture has its own meaning for purple. In Europe and America it is the colour associated with vanity, extravagance and indiviualism. It is also considered to be a colour of the artificial and the unconventional. Possibly this is because it is the major colour that appears least frequently in nature and yet was the first artificially manufactured.
What does purple mean to you?