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 first known book containing a collection of these texts was Tommy Thumb's Pretty Song Book, which was published by Mary Cooper 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]

Nursery rhymes[edit]

The following is a list of nursery rhymes.

Title Other titles Place of origin Date first recorded
Aiken Drum Scotland 1825
A Was an Apple Pie England 1672
Apples and Bananas North America 1985
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
Baa, Baa, Black Sheep England c. 1744
Billy Boy England 1912
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
Daisy Bell or Daisy Daisy England 1882
Did You Ever See a Lassie? USA or 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 USA 1871
Five Little Speckled Frogs USA 20th century
Foxy's Hole England 16th century
Frère Jacques 'Brother John' France c. 1780
Frog Went A-Courting 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 before 1918
If Wishes Were Horses, Beggars Would Ride 'If wishes were horses' Britain 1605
If You're Happy and You Know It USA 1916
I Do Not Like Thee, Doctor Fell England 1680
I Had a Little Nut Tree England 1789
I Have Two Hands Philippines early 20th century
I'm a Little Teapot USA 1939
I'll Tell Me Ma 'The Wind' England, adapted in Ireland 1988
I Love Little Pussy 'I Love Little Kitty' 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
Sur le Pont d'Avignon France 15th Century
Taffy was a Welshman England c. 1780
Ten Green Bottles UK 1830
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 More We Get Together USA 1679
The Moon Has Been Arisen Germany 1779
The Muffin Man England c. 1820
The Wheels on the Bus 'The Bus' USA 1939
There Was a Crooked Man Britain 1842
There Was An Old Woman Who Flew In A Basket Ireland 1981
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
When I was a Bachelor England c. 1833[4]
When the Boat Comes In North East England 1826
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
Yankee Doodle USA 1780s

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.
  4. ^ "When I Was a Little Boy I Lived by Myself: Nursery Rhyme". Retrieved 20 July 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)