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Was this bairn really NAUGHTY?

Discussion in 'Comments on the latest newsletter' started by peter, Mar 1, 2019.

  1. peter

    peter Administrator Staff Member

    Although the spelling NAUGHTIE is better known, the spelling NAUGHTY was the more common version of the surname in the 19th century. So I reckon that NAUGHTY was the child's middle name.
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  2. brickwall

    brickwall New Member

    I agree . It's more likely to be a middle name than a comment on the child's behaviour ! The official Scotlandspeople website also sees it that way , for the index ( which I went through en route to viewing the original image) shows 'George Naughty' as the forenames of the deceased child . I can't however so far find a baptismal record of the child .

    The surname Naughty is certainly found in that era and in that part of Scotland . The 1851 Scottish Census shows 45 people with that surname , all but one living in Aberdeen, or in nearby counties . So Naughty might have been a family surname in an earlier generation , or the surname of a close family friend as a tribute to whom the child was given Naughty as a middle name.
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  3. VMS

    VMS LostCousins Member

    Or does it mean naughty as in nought, zero, as he being so young had no occupation? Otherwise I agree with the surname idea, like Jim Naughtie the radio presenter.
  4. peter

    peter Administrator Staff Member

    If so it should be apparent from other entries in the same register - at that time a large proportion of deaths were of infants.
  5. Claire_T

    Claire_T New Member

    On an upper floor of an old downtown building in Vancouver, I used to pass a door with "Young & Naughty" painted on its windows. It probably opened to an accountants' office, but I always wondered....

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  6. MeganN

    MeganN New Member

    My thoughts exactly. Returning today to the whimsical blogger's site I see that after a handful of sentimental comments there are now numerous ones giving the middle name explanation. A couple of these add that the Scots name Naughtie/Naughty is pronounced Nochty/Nockty. So decidedly not a case of Naughty by name, naughty by nature.
  7. peter

    peter Administrator Staff Member

    Probably from readers of the newsletter....

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