Origin of hittite
- From Hebrew ḥittî from Akkadian ḫatti from Hittite Hatti land of the Hattians (indigenous inhabitants of Anatolia) of Proto-Hattic (language of the Hattians) origin
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Hittite. Coined erroneously in the early 20th century in confusion with the neighboring Hattites (Hattic) whose language was recorded in discovered texts as [script?] (hasili). It is now known that the Hittites called themselves [script?] (nesili, “pertaining to the city of Nesa”), hence the much less used alternative name Nesite or Neshite.