sulphur is known from the ancient time and its name originates from the latin word- sulphurium which means means 'sulphur'. This latin name of sulphur is derived from Sanskrit word- 'Shulbari' which is combination of 'Shulba' and 'Ari'. The meanings of 'Shulba' and 'Ari' are copper and enemy respectively. Also sanskrit word 'Salvere' which means 'yellow' is said its origin.
Other origins of its name can be said middle English 'sulfre' which means "to burn yellow". sulphur is mentioned in Bible with the name- 'Brimstone' which is derived from old English name brynstan, which means 'to burn'.
It can be easily said that sulphur is known from the ancient time because Sanskrit language is said over 3000 years old. It was used for various purposes thousands years ago due to its combustibility. With the name Brimestone it was used as incense and medicine 2000 years ago. The Romans used to fume the sulphur to cleanse air of particular areas to eliminate the evils. Also it's mentioned the very old poem 'Odyssey' (1000 B.C.) by Homer.