plant fiber, 1746, from Bengali jhuto, from Skt. juta-s "twisted hair," related to jata "braid of hair," of unknown origin, probably from a non-I.E. language.
O.E. Eotas, one of the ancient Gmc. inhabitants of Jutland in Denmark; traditionally, during the 5c. invasion of England, they were said to have settled in Kent and Hampshire. The name is related to O.N. Iotar.