|They say that this
was the term applied to them at the time of their invasion of the valley by the local
tribes, in token of their admiration of the way in which the Ahom king first conquered and
then conciliated them. B. Kakati suggests that "Asama", "peerless",
may be a later-day Sanskritisation of an earlier form, "Acham". In Tai Chain
means, "to be defeated". With the Assamese prefix a, Asam would mean,
"undefeated", "conquerors". If this is its origin, from the people.
The name was subsequently applied to the country."
However, another derivation has been suggested."The name (Assam)
"observed Baden-Powell, "is most probably traceable to (the Boro) Ha-com. the
low or level country".' In this case, it was the country, which gave its name to the