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Survey of English Place-Names

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Early-attested site in the Parish of Egdean

Historical Forms

  • Bletteham c.1121 SAC40,63 1291 Tax
  • Bleteham c.1121 SAC40,64 1314 Ipm 1327 SR
  • Bletham 1428 FA
  • Egden al. Bleatham 1663 InstPRO


The first element here must be the OE  adj. blēat , ME  blete , meaning probably 'naked, bare' and perhaps 'miserable.'Hence perhaps 'exposed or miserable homestead.' bleat is still used in Sussex dialect (Parish) in the sense 'cold, cutting (of the wind).'

Places in the same Parish

Major Settlement