List of nursery rhymes

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The term "nursery rhyme" emerged in the third decade of the nineteenth century although this type of children's literature previously existed with different names such as Tommy Thumb Songs and Mother Goose Songs.[1] The very first known book containing a collection of these texts was Tommy Thumb's Pretty Song Book, which was written by H. Cooper and was published in 1744.[2] The works of several scholars and collectors helped document and preserve these oral traditions as well as their histories. These include Iona and Peter Opie, Joseph Ritson, James Orchard Halliwell, and Sir Walter Scott.[3]

English nursery rhymes[edit]

The following is a list of English nursery rhymes.

Title Other titles Place of Origin Date First Recorded
'Aiken Drum' Scotland 1825
'A Was an Apple Pie' England 1672
'A Wise Old Owl' USA 1915
'A-Tisket, A-Tasket' USA c. 1879
'As I was going by Charing Cross' 'As I was going to Charing Cross' England 17th century
'As I was going to St Ives' England c. 1730
'Baby Shark' USA 2016
'Baa, Baa, Black Sheep' England c. 1744
'Billy Boy' England 1930
'Bingo' England c. 1780
'Bobby Shafto's Gone to Sea' England 1805
'Bye, Baby Bunting' England 1784
'Can you count the stars' Germany 1837
'Cock-a-Doodle Doo' England 1765
'Did You Ever See a Lassie?' USA Scotland 1895-1900
'Diddle, Diddle, Dumpling, My Son John' England 1797
'Ding Dong Bell' England 1580
'Doctor Foster' England 1844
'Donkey, Donkey I Beg You' England c.1780s
'Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe' Britain or USA 1888
'Eeper Weeper' 'Heeper Peeper' England late 19th early 20th century
'Five Little Ducks' May Limang Pato Akong Nakita Philippines 1921
'Five Little Monkeys' Limang Unggoy Na Natalo Sa Pusoy Philippines 1871
'Five Little Speckled Frogs' Philippines 20th century
Foxy's Hole England 16th century
'Frère Jacques' 'Brother John' France c. 1780
'Frog Went A-Courting' 'A frog he would a-wooing go' England 1611
'Georgie Porgie' England c. 1850
'Girls and Boys Come Out To Play' 'Boys and Girls Come Out to Play' England 1708
'Goosey Goosey Gander' England 1784
'Green Grow The Rushes, O' England
'Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush' 'Mulberry Bush' England c. 1850
'Hey Diddle Diddle' England c. 1765
'Hickory Dickory Dock' 'Hickety Dickety Dock' England c. 1744
'Hot Cross Buns' England 1797
'How Many Miles to Babylon?' Scotland 1801
'Humpty Dumpty' England 1803
'Hush Little Baby' USA
'If Wishes Were Horses, Beggars Would Ride' 'If wishes were horses' Britain 1605
'I Do Not Like Thee, Doctor Fell' England 1680
'I Had a Little Nut Tree' England 1789
'I'm a Little Teapot' USA 1939
'I Love Little Pussy' England 1830
'It's Raining, It's Pouring' USA 1939
'Itsy Bitsy Spider' 'Eensy Weensy Spider', 'Insey Winsey Spider', 'Incy Wincy Spider' USA 1910
'Jack and Jill' England c. 1765
'Jack-a-Nory' England c. 1760
'Jack Be Nimble' England c. 1815
'Jack Sprat' England 1639
'Johny Johny Yes Papa' USA 2009
'Ladybird Ladybird' 'Ladybug Ladybug' Britain c. 1744
'Lavender's Blue' 'Lavender Blue' England late 17th century
'Little Arabella Miller' USA 20th century
'Little Bo-Peep' England c. 1805
'Little Boy Blue' England c. 1744
'Little Jack Horner' England 1725
'Little Miss Muffet' England 1805
'Little Poll Parrot' England 1853
'Little Robin Redbreast' England c. 1744
'Little Tommy Tucker' England c. 1744
'London Bridge Is Falling Down' England c. 1744
'Lucy Locket' England or USA 1842
'Mary Had a Little Lamb' USA 1830
'Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary' England c. 1744
'Matthew, Mark, Luke and John' "Black Paternoster" Britain 1656
'Monday's Child' England 1838
'Needles and Pins' England 1843
'Nuts in May' 'Gathering Nuts in May' England 1894
'Old King Cole' England 1708-1709
'Old MacDonald Had a Farm' USA 1917
'Old Mother Hubbard' England 1805
'On Top of Old Smoky' USA 1951
'One for Sorrow' Britain c. 1780
'One, Two, Buckle My Shoe' USA 1805
'One, Two, Three, Four, Five' England c. 1765
'Oranges and Lemons' England c. 1744
'Pat-a-Cake, Pat-a-Cake, Baker's Man' "Pat-a-cake", "patty-cake" or "pattycake" England 1698
'Pease Porridge Hot' 'Peas Porridge Hot' or 'Pease Pudding Hot' England c. 1765
'Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater' USA c. 1825
'Peter Piper' England 1813
'Polly Put the Kettle On' England 1803
'Poor Mary' 'Poor Jenny' or 'Poor Sally' England 1880s
'Pop Goes the Weasel' England 1850s
'Pretty Little Dutch Girl' USA 1940s
'The Queen of Hearts' Britain 1782
'Pussy Cat Pussy Cat' Britain 1805
'Rain Rain Go Away' England 17th century or earlier
'Ride a Cock Horse to Banbury Cross' England 1784
'Ring-a-Ring o' Roses' 'Ring Around the Rosie' England 1881
'Rock-a-bye Baby' Hush a bye Baby England c. 1765
'Roses are Red' England 1784
'Round and Round the Garden' Britain 1940s
'Row, Row, Row Your Boat' USA 1852
'Rub-a-Dub Dub' England 1798
'See Saw Margery Daw' Britain c. 1765
'Simple Simon' England 1764
'Sing a Song of Sixpence' England c. 1744
'Solomon Grundy' Britain 1842
'Star Light, Star Bright' USA late 19th century
'Sticks and Stones' Britain before 1872
'Taffy was a Welshman' England c. 1780
'Ten Little Indians' USA 1868
'The Farmer in the Dell' 'The Farmer's in his Den' Germany 1820
'The Grand Old Duke of York' 'The Noble Duke of York' England 1642
'The Lion and the Unicorn' England 1708-1709
'The Muffin Man' England c. 1820
'The Moon Has Been Arisen' Germany 1779
'The Wheels on the Bus' USA 1939
'There Was a Crooked Man' Britain 1842
'There was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe' England 1794
'There Was an Old Woman Who Lived Under a Hill' England 1714
'This Is The House That Jack Built' 'The House That Jack Built' England 1755
'This Little Piggy' 'This Little Pig' England c. 1760
'This Old Man' England 1906
'Three Blind Mice' England 1609
'Three Little Kittens' USA 1843
'Three Wise Men of Gotham' England c. 1765
'Tinker, Tailor' England 1695
'To Market, to Market' England 1611
'Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son' Britain 1795
'Tweedledum and Tweedledee' Britain 1805
'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star' France 1806
'Two Little Dickie Birds' Britain c. 1765
'Wee Willie Winkie' Scotland 1841
'What Are Little Boys Made Of?' 'What Are Little Girls Made Of?' Britain c. 1820
'Where, O Where Has My Little Dog Gone?' 'Der Deitcher's Dog' Germany 1846
'Who Killed Cock Robin?' England c. 1744
'Wind the Bobbin Up' England 1890s
'Wynken, Blynken, and Nod' USA 1889

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Holden, Robert (1992). Twinkle, Twinkle, Southern Cross: The Forgotten Folklore of Australian Nursery Rhymes. Canberra: National Library Australia. p. 1. ISBN 064210560X.
  2. ^ Bathroom Readers' Institute (2011). Uncle John's Endlessly Engrossing Bathroom Reader. New York: Simon and Schuster. ISBN 9781607104599.
  3. ^ Styles, Morag (1997). From the Garden to the Street: Three Hundred Years of Poetry for Children. London: Cassell. p. 84. ISBN 0304332240.