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Bramber Fm, Bremere Rife

Early-attested site in the Parish of North Mundham

Historical Forms

  • Brumore 1166 AOMBliii,223 1179 Box
  • Prumora c.1230 Box
  • Brommor 1296 SR
  • Bremore 1397 Pat
  • Bremorysdyche 1524 LibP
  • Bremer 1535 VE


This is a difficult name but, as Professor Ekwall suggests, we may compare Breamore (Ha)Brumore (DB), Brummora (1194 P), Bromor 13th BM. Both alike come from a compound of brom and mor , hence 'broom-covered marsh-land.' Early u for o is probably due to the neighbourhood of the labial. The later history was perhaps vitiated by the necessity of distinguishing this place from the not very distant Broomer in Birdham infra 80 and by confusion with the well-known Sussex Bramber infra 222. The farm is just by the rife . This last is a common Sx dialect form of rið , cf. Parishs. v .

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