• From Middle English hoten, hoaten, haten, from Old English hātan, from Proto-West Germanic *haitan, from Proto-Germanic *haitaną, from Proto-Indo-European *keyd-, from *key-.
  • Cognate with Saterland Frisian heete, Dutch heten, German Low German heten, German heißen, Swedish heta ("to be called"). Related to hight, hest.

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