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Navigator Series: Toponymy of your Sussex

Sussex

Sussex is one of the most historic and interesting counties in the UK.

People have lived in Sussex for over half a million years, with the oldest human fossil ever discovered in the UK coming from Chichester.

Sussex as we know it was founded in 477 AD as the Kingdom of Sussex by Ælle – the first king of Sussex.

The name ‘Sussex’ comes from the Old English ‘Sūþsēaxe’, which means South Saxons.

From < https://www.sussexlive.co.uk/news/sussex-news/how-every-sussex-town-city-4642248>

Shoreham

Name in 1750: New Shoreham

Despite what you may think, the name Shoreham probably doesn’t actually refer to the shore.

The word ‘shore’ wasn’t in use until the 14th Century, long after the town was named.

‘Scor’, pronounced ‘shor’, was most likely the word that named this town. It is Old English for slope, probably describing Shoreham’s position near the foot of Mill Hill.

From < https://www.sussexlive.co.uk/news/sussex-news/how-every-sussex-town-city-4642248>

The largest town in West Sussex has been populated for over 6,000 years, and contains one of Britain’s largest Iron Age hill forts in Cissbury Ring.

The name means ‘place of Woro’s people’ coming from the Old English name Woro, and ‘ingas’, meaning ‘people of’.

The town has gone by many names through the years: Weoroingas, Wurdingg and Worthen are just a few.

From < https://www.sussexlive.co.uk/news/sussex-news/how-every-sussex-town-city-4642248>

Hove

Name in 1750: Hooe

Originally pronounced Hoove, it is only recently that the new pronunciation has caught on.

Old spellings of Hove  include Hou, la Houue, Huu, Houve, Huve, Hova and Hoova.

There is great debate when it comes to the origin of the name.

Suggestions included an Old Norse word meaning hall or sanctuary, an Old English phrase’ æt þæm hofe’ meaning “at the hall”; the Old English ‘hufe’ meaning shelter; and the Middle English ‘hofe’, meaning anchorage.

From < https://www.sussexlive.co.uk/news/sussex-news/how-every-sussex-town-city-4642248>

Lancing

Lancing probably means the people of Wlanc or people of Hlanc. Like many places throughout this part of Sussex, Lancing has an -ing ending, meaning people of. Wlanc seems to mean proud or imperious, while Hlanc seems to mean lank or lean.

Lancing takes its name from the Wlencing or Wlenca, the son of the South Saxon king Ælle.

– Andy Horton (11 January 1998).  “Shoreham: Toponymy”

 
“Lancing | British History Online”. British-history.ac.uk.

Goring-by-Sea

It is thought that the place-name Goring may mean either ‘Gāra’s people’, or ‘people of the wedge-shaped strip of land’

– Glover, Judith (1997)  Sussex Place-Names: Their Origins and Meanings, Countryside Books  ISBN  978-1-85306-484-5

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