Place Name: Ovingdean.
Sussex Dialect Pronunciation: Oovingdean.
Meaning: Valley of Ofa's people.
Recordings: OE Ofinga dene
"Ofa owned a farmstead at Novington."
Sussex Flag Facebook page: Each day, we will be posting a different place name from Sussex, including the local Sussex dialect pronunciation for each location, in order to promote and continue the use of the the language of Sussex.
These derivations and recordings have been taken from "The Place Names of Sussex" collected and compiled by Judith Glover, published in 1975. Well worth a read!
The local dialect pronunciations have been taken from publications by W.D. Parish of Selmeston, local Sussaxon historians Peter Brandon, Chris Hare, Walter Gillet and David Arscott, Robert Charles Hope and Judith Glover herself.
Many of these pronunciations are in use today as words, some taking the names of local clubs, events and buildings.
We hope that by publishing the Sussaxon dialect pronunciations, you may learn something new about where you live and even reintroduce the diction into your vocabulary. Maybe you will have some nostalgic memories of these pronunciations? Do your friends and family still use this speech?
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