English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

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Early-attested site in the Parish of Preston

Historical Forms

  • Ratenden 1234 Cl 1267 Ass
  • Ratendon 1247 Abbr
  • Ratynden 1303 Cl
  • Radynden 1252 Fine 1267 Misc 1332 SR
  • Radinden 1267 Ch 1428 FA
  • Radingden 1307 Misc 1327 SR
  • Radyngden(e) 1401 BM 1439 IpmR
  • Radyngdon 1428 FA
  • Raddyngden al. Rottyngden 1563 SRS20,366
  • Raddyngdean al. Rottingdeane 1575 SAC62,65
  • Rottingdean Hedge Furlong 1832 SAC62,65


The history of this manor was first fully unravelled by Sir Charles Thomas-Stanford in SAC 62. It has frequently been confused with Rottingdean infra 311, close at hand, and in the 16th and 17th cents, the names were at times interchanged.The name is a difficult one even when the forms have been straightened out. The pers. name Rada is found in DB (Redin 69). Possibly it is a pet-form of an OE  name in Rǣd -. Here another possibility is a pers. name Rēad (a ) such as lies behind Reading (Berks). In either case the vowel was later shortened in the trisyllable. Cf. Raddington (So), DBRadingetone and the lost Radintone (DB) in Flintshire. It is clear that even in the 13th cent, the d tended to become t by confusion with Rottingdean.

Places in the same Parish

Major Settlement