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Surnames of Sussex
« on: Sunday 17 July 05 00:02 BST (UK) »
The following names of families, now residing in the county of Sussex, are derived from or are connected with Sussex words.

AKEHURST. [Ang Sax - an oak, and hurst, a wood.]
ASHBURNHAM. [Ang Sax - an ash; burne, a stream, and ham, a dwelling.]
ASHDOWN. sc, an ash, and dun, a hill.
ASHENDEN. sc, an ash, and denu, a valley.
BALKHAM. Balca, a ridge, and ham, a dwelling.
BARTON. Barton, a farm-yard. [Ang Sax - bere-tun, an enclosure.]
BECK. Beck, a brook. [Ang Sax - becc.]
BENTLEY. Bent, a tuft of grass, and ley (Ang Sax leag), a pasture.
BICKLEY. Beck, a brook, and ley, a pasture.
BINSTEAD. Bin and steddle, a stand.
BOURNE. A stream. [Ang Sax - burne.]
BOSTEL. A hill path.
BRACKFIELD. Brake, a fern, and field.
BROAD. A common.
BROOKSHA W. Brook, a water-meadow, and shaw, a wood.
BURTENSHAW. Barton (bere-tun), a homestead, and shaw, a wood.
BUTTERWICK. Butter, and wick, marshland.
BYTHAM. {By the ham.} Ham, a dwelling.
CALLOW. [Calo, Ang Sax - bald.] Smooth.
COCKINGE. Ing. (Ang Sax) - a son.
COMBER. Coombe, or Combe (Ang Sax) A valley in the downs.
COMPER. Comp (Ang Sax) - a valley.
COPLEY. Cop, a ridge, and ley, a meadow.
CROCKER. Crock (crocca, Ang. Sax.}, an earthen vessel.
CROFT. Croft (Ang Sax.), a piece of pasture land near a house.
CROWHURST. Crow, and hurst, a wood.
ETHERIDGE. Ether {Ang Sax. ether), a pliant rod, and hedge.
FELDWICK. Feld, or field, and wick, a town.
FELSTEAD. Feld, or field, and stead, a place.
GILHAM. Gill, a rivulet, and ham, a dwelling.
GRIST. Grist, a grinding; a week's allowance of flour for a family.
HASLEHURST. Hasel, and hurst, a wood.
HATCH. A gate. In North of England, a heck.
HAYLEY. Hay, and ley, a meadow.
HAYWARD. A hedge-warden; an officer of the lord of the manor.
HEADLAND. A part of a field.
HEATHCOTE. Heath, and cote, or cot, a cottage.
HENTY. Hen, and tye, a common.
HIDE. [Hyd, Ang Sax.] As much land as could be tilled with one plough.
HOCKHAM. [Hh, Ang Sax, a heel, and ham, a meadow.]
HOCKLEY. [Hh, and leag, Ang Sax.] Both these words mean a field of a certain s
HOLT. [Holt, Ang Sax., a grove.] A small plantation.
HOLTHOUSE. Holt and house.
HOOKER. see Hockham
HOOKHAM. see Hockham
HUCKWELL. Huck, to knock, or to spread anything about.
HURST. A wood.
INGS. [Ing, Ang Sax.] A common pasture.
KELK. Kilk, or charlock.
KITTLE. Kiddle, delicate; ticklish.
LADE. Part of a wagon.
LANGLEY. Long and ley, a meadow.
LANGRIDGE. Long and ridge.
LANGSHAW. Long and shaw, a wood.
LANGTON. Long and ton, an enclosed place.
LEE. A meadow
LEIGH A meadow.
LINGHAM. Ling, a /heath, and ham, an enclosure.
LONGBOTTOM. Long, and bottom, a valley in the downs {the long valley}.
LONGHURST. The long wood.
LONGLEY. The long meadow.
MEERES. Mere, a marsh.
NAPPER. Napery, linen.
PEART. Lively.
PECK. An agricultural implement.
FELLING. Pell, a pool, and ing, a pasture.
RAVENSCROFT. Raven, and croft, a field.
REEVE. An officer of the manor.
SHAW. A wood.
STEAD. An enclosed place.
SOUTHERDEN. The south valley.
WENHAM. Wen, or wain, a wagon, and ham, an enclosure. The wagon-house.
WENMAN. The wagon-man.
WHEATCROFT. The wheat field.
WOODWARD. An officer of the manor; a wood-warden.
WYNDHAM. Wynd, a path up a hill, and ham.

Taken from - "A Dictionary of the Sussex Dialect" by Rev W.D.Parish - Vicar of Selmeston, Sussex

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