Of Northwest Caucasian origin, from Kabardian [script needed] (Shashan). The term was formerly thought to come into use after being associated with Chechen Aul, a mountainous area where the Chechens defeated a Russian army contingent in 1732, but use of the republic's name and its appearance on maps predate this.
- Гро́зный (Gróznyj)
- ^ Jaimoukha, A. M., Jaimoukha, J. A. M. (2004). The Chechens : a handbook. United Kingdom: RoutledgeCurzon, p. 12