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  • John Mitchell (1740 - 1827)
  • Henry Holloway, SV/PROG (1784 - 1834)
    Henry Holloway Arrived at the Cape in 1829 with his family. Lived at "Driekoppen", district Rondebosch, Cape Town and is buried at Wynberg. Married in England Updated from MyHeritage Family Trees...
  • Jesse Abraham Attree (1821 - 1906)
    Emigrated from Sussex England about 1845 and settled in Wynberg, Cape, South Africa. Ester Diesel’s father was Jesse Attree Senior and he was living with her (after the death of her husband) on ...
  • John Sweetnam (c.1578 - 1676)
  • Thomas Sweetnam, (3), Snr, SV/PROG (1774 - 1757)
    1820 British Settler Thomas Sweetnam 46, wheelwright, and his wife Jane Barton 39, together with their 3 children, were members of William Menezes' Party of 51 Settlers on the Weymouth . Party orig...

People Connected to Sussex

People connected to Sussex can be placed in the following groups.

Historical and Political people

- accommodated by the project Historic Sussex which covers the History of xxx and historical/political people. Some of these are also listed in the Famous people category.

Families with their roots in Sussex.

Please add the earliest head of the family to the list of Sussex Families on Geni below and link their profiles to the project. These should be male! Adding anyone with a Sussex birthplace to the project would cause the project to be a little cluttered, so please restrict this to the earliest head of family!

Famous or Notable People

Those people of note with connections to the county are listed below. Some of these connections are a little tenuous - counties like to lay claim to people of renown! Please visit Sussex - Famous People and add them to the listing there.


People from Sussex who went to the "New world" and were early progenitors in those countries. Where the earliest ancestor is known please add them to the list of "Sussex families on Geni" below if that was their roots, or to the appropriate county project.

Where the earliest known ancestor is the emigrant add them to the list below. In some cases if there is a project that covers them in detail please link the project - there is no point in duplicating the list.

Sussex - Genealogical Resources Sussex Genealogical Resources]

Monumental Inscriptions and Graveyards - sub project.

Sussex Families on Geni

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  • Baldock
  • John Baldock (1695-1747) Wadhurst, son of William Baldock and Ann Bowyer. Snippet not linked























Emigrants from Sussex

Please add the names of people from Sussex who settled in the "New World"




New Zealand

South Africa

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Sussex Names

  • AKEHURST. [Ang Sax - an oak, and hurst, a wood.]
  • ASHBURNHAM. [Ang Sax - an ash; burne, a stream, and ham, a dwelling.]
  • ASHDOWN. Æsc, an ash, and dun, a hill.
  • ASHENDEN. Æsc, an ash, and denu, a valley.
  • BALKHAM. Balca, a ridge, and ham, a dwelling.
  • BARTON. Barton, a farm-yard. [Ang Sax - bere-tun, an enclosure.]
  • BECK. Beck, a brook. [Ang Sax - becc.]
  • BENTLEY. Bent, a tuft of grass, and ley (Ang Sax – leag), a pasture.
  • BICKLEY. Beck, a brook, and ley, a pasture.
  • BINSTEAD. Bin and steddle, a stand.
  • BOURNE. A stream. [Ang Sax - burne.]
  • BOSTEL. A hill path.
  • BRACKFIELD. Brake, a fern, and field.
  • BROAD. A common.
  • BROOKSHA W. Brook, a water-meadow, and shaw, a wood.
  • BURTENSHAW. Barton (bere-tun), a homestead, and shaw, a wood.
  • BUTTERWICK. Butter, and wick, marshland.
  • BYTHAM. {By the ham.} Ham, a dwelling.
  • CALLOW. [Calo, Ang Sax - bald.] Smooth.
  • COCKINGE. Ing. (Ang Sax) - a son.
  • COMBER. Coombe, or Combe (Ang Sax) – A valley in the downs.
  • COMPER. Comp (Ang Sax) - a valley.
  • COPLEY. Cop, a ridge, and ley, a meadow.
  • CROCKER. Crock (crocca, Ang. Sax.}, an earthen vessel.
  • CROFT. Croft (Ang Sax.), a piece of pasture land near a house.
  • CROWHURST. Crow, and hurst, a wood.
  • ETHERIDGE. Ether {Ang Sax. ether), a pliant rod, and hedge.
  • FELDWICK. Feld, or field, and wick, a town.
  • FELSTEAD. Feld, or field, and stead, a place.
  • GILHAM. Gill, a rivulet, and ham, a dwelling.
  • GRIST. Grist, a grinding; a week's allowance of flour for a family.
  • HASLEHURST. Hasel, and hurst, a wood.
  • HATCH. A gate. In North of England, a heck.
  • HAYLEY. Hay, and ley, a meadow.
  • HAYWARD. A hedge-warden; an officer of the lord of the manor.
  • HEADLAND. A part of a field.
  • HEATHCOTE. Heath, and cote, or cot, a cottage.
  • HENTY. Hen, and tye, a common.
  • HIDE. [Hyd, Ang Sax.] As much land as could be tilled with one plough.
  • HOCKHAM. [Hóh, Ang Sax, a heel, and ham, a meadow.]
  • HOCKLEY. [Hóh, and leag, Ang Sax.] Both these words mean a field of a certain s
  • HOLT. [Holt, Ang Sax., a grove.] A small plantation.
  • HOLTHOUSE. Holt and house.
  • HOOKER. see Hockham
  • HOOKHAM. see Hockham
  • HUCKWELL. Huck, to knock, or to spread anything about.
  • HURST. A wood.
  • INGS. [Ing, Ang Sax.] A common pasture.
  • KELK. Kilk, or charlock.
  • KITTLE. Kiddle, delicate; ticklish.
  • LADE. Part of a wagon.
  • LANGLEY. Long and ley, a meadow.
  • LANGRIDGE. Long and ridge.
  • LANGSHAW. Long and shaw, a wood.
  • LANGTON. Long and ton, an enclosed place.
  • LEE. A meadow
  • LEIGH A meadow.
  • LINGHAM. Ling, a /heath, and ham, an enclosure.
  • LONGBOTTOM. Long, and bottom, a valley in the downs {the long valley}.
  • LONGHURST. The long wood.
  • LONGLEY. The long meadow.
  • MEERES. Mere, a marsh.
  • NAPPER. Napery, linen.
  • PEART. Lively.
  • PECK. An agricultural implement.
  • FELLING. Pell, a pool, and ing, a pasture.
  • RAVENSCROFT. Raven, and croft, a field.
  • REEVE. An officer of the manor.
  • SHAW. A wood.
  • STEAD. An enclosed place.
  • SOUTHERDEN. The south valley.
  • WENHAM. Wen, or wain, a wagon, and ham, an enclosure. The wagon-house.
  • WENMAN. The wagon-man.
  • WHEATCROFT. The wheat field.
  • WOODWARD. An officer of the manor; a wood-warden.
  • WYNDHAM. Wynd, a path up a hill, and ham.

Taken from - "A Dictionary of the Sussex Dialect" by Rev W.D.Parish - Vicar of Selmeston, Sussex