Old English 
From Proto-Germanic *haitaną (“command, name”), from Proto-Indo-European *kei-, *ki- (“put in motion, be moving”). Cognate with Old Frisian hēta, Old Saxon hētan, Old Norse heita (Swedish heta), Gothic 𐌷𐌰𐌹𐍄𐌰𐌽 (haitan). The Indo-European root is also the source of Ancient Greek κίειν (kíein, “put in motion”), Latin ciere (“rouse, make active”) and Albanian cys (“to spur, set in motion”).
hātan (strong class VII) (3 singular present hǣtt, 3 singular preterite hēt/hēht, preterite plural hēton/hēhton, past participle (ġe)hāten)
- to order, command
- to call or name
- (intransitive) to be called or named
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