Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Berg-Hesse, House of Hesse ? Chatti
Who were the Hessians ? Where did they come from ?
Hesse's earliest recorded ancestors were probably the Chatten or Chatti, a Germanic folk in existence over 2,000 years ago. They, along with the Cherusci, were the masters of Germania before Roman domination. 'Chatti' became 'Hessi', from which originates the state's name. The first recorded entry of a location within Hesse's territory dates from AD 782
The Catti, or Haiti were so called from their headcovering or ' hat.' The form Chatti was used till the third century. In 720 it becomes Hessi.
However, also of interest, in the Garhwal Himalayas of India there is an area known as Janki Chatti, near Jammu and Kashmir.