English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

A county-by-county guide to the linguistic origins of England’s place-names – a project of the English Place-Name Society, founded 1923.


Early-attested site in the Parish of Funtington

Historical Forms

  • Roteham 1279,1288,1293 Ass 1296 SR 1312 Cl 1319 FF
  • Rotham 1823 G


'The ham(m) of one Rōta ' For this pers. name v. Rottingdean infra 311. The modern form is probably due to the common tendency in Sussex to unround the vowel o . v. Introd. xxviii.