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Kent & Sussex Village name Derivation
For the villages and towns that VillageNet covers in Kent and East Sussex
these pages shows the origination or derivation of the place names.

Rye -to- South Heighton
Rye The Saxons called it 'Atter Ie', meaning 'on the island'. Over the years this was altered to 'Atte Rie', and finally to Rye .

Rye Harbour Rye Harbour is a small village created in the 14th/15th centuries when the sea retreated from the town of Rye. The Saxons called it 'Atter Ie', meaning 'on the island' as Rye is an island. Over the years this was altered to 'Atte Rie', and finally to Rye .

Salehurst The name Salehurst derives from the Anglo Saxon Sealh meaning willow, and herst a thick wood.

Saltdean saltdean

Sandhurst Sandhurst is another Anglo Saxon name which hasn't changed much over the years originally 'Sand herst' meaning sandy wood.

Seaford Seaford is derived from the Anglo Saxon 'Sae forde' meaning the place where you can ford the sea or the river ouse, probably at low tide.

Seal Seal is most likely derived from the Anglo Saxon Sealh or the place of the willows

Sedlescombe The name derives from Anglo Saxon times 'sedl' meaning a seat or residence, and 'comb' meaning valley or low place. The village is mentioned in the Domesday Book .

Sellindge Another Anglo Saxon village Sedlinges meaning the family home of the Sedl family who probably originated from an area near Bruges.

Selmeston Selmeston is another homestead from the Anglo Saxon Sigehelm tun, this time it is the home of a Saxon called Sigehelm - victorius helmet, probably one of followers of Aelle the Saxon .

Sevenoaks Weald Derived from the Anglo Saxon 'Sefon ac weald' - Seven Oaks Forest

Sevington Sevington is probably derived from the Anglo Saxon Saigfu tun meaning the homestead of Saigfu

Sheffield Park Originally Sheffield - Sceap feld the Anglo Saxon for sheep field, the area was converted into a park during the late 1700's

Shipbourne Shipbourne is derived from the Anglo Saxon Sceap Burne meaning the stream where the sheep are washed

Sissinghurst Sissinghurst is probably derived from the Anglo Saxon Saexing Herst which can be tranlated into the wood of the family of the Seax.

Smallhythe Smallhythe is derived from the Anglo Saxon Smael Hythe meaning the Small village on the shore

Smeeth Smeeth is probably derived from the Anglo Saxon Smaet meaning a smith

Snargate Snargate this village name is probably derived from Snere Gate probably meaning the gate where snare were laid to catch animals.

Snave It is believed that this village is named after the Anglo Saxon Snafa meaning bill or spit of land - very possible in this location.

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