The name Kotys is believed to have meant "war, slaughter", akin to Old NorseHöðr "war, slaughter".
Pencil illustration of Kotys by a twenty-first-century artist
Kotys's followers were known as baptes, which means "bathers," because their pre-worship purification ceremony involved an elaborate bathing ritual. Kotys was often worshipped during nocturnal ceremonies, which were associated with rampant insobriety and obscene behavior. Her cult was very similar to the cult of the goddess Bendis.
^Also cognate: Irishcath "war, battle", early German Hader "quarrel", Greek kótos "hatred", Old Church Slavonickotora "fight, brawl", Sanskritśatru "enemy, nemesis", and Hittitekattu "spiteful". See Orel, Vladimir. A Handbook of Germanic Etymology. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill, 2003: 165.
^βάπτω, Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon, on Perseus