World English Dictionary
hight (haɪt)
archaic, poetic (tr; used only as a past tense in the passive or as a past participle) to name; call: a maid hight Mary
[Old English heht, from hatan to call; related to Old Norse heita, Old Frisian hēta, Old High German heizzan]

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Word Origin & History

"named, called" (archaic), M.E. highte, from O.E. hatte "I am called" (passive of hatan "to call, name, command") merged with heht "called," active past tense of the same verb. Hatte was the only survival in O.E. of the old Gmc. synthetic passive tense. It is related to O.N. heita, Du. heten, Ger. heißen,
Goth. haitan "to call, be called, command" (see cite).
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