Name-son to Nathaniel

Name-son Name-sake; also name-child, etc.

“God for ever bless your honour, I am your name-son, sure enough.”- Smollett: Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves.
Name the Day Fix the day of marriage.

   To call a person names. To blackguard a person by calling him nicknames.

Names of the Puritans.
   Praise-God Barebones. A leather-seller in Fleet Street.
   If-Jesus-Christ-had-not- died-for-thee-thou-hadst-been-damned Barebones. His son; usually called Damned Dr. Barebones.

Nancy The sailor's choice in Dibdin's exquisite song beginning, “'Twas post meridian half-past four.” At half-past four he parted by signal from his Nancy; at eight he bade her a long adieu; next morn a storm arose, and four sailors were washed overboard, “but love forbade the waves to snatch our tar from Nancy”; when the storm ceased an enemy appeared, but when the battle was hottest our gallant friend “put up a prayer and thought on Nancy.”
   Miss Nancy. Mrs. Anna Oldfield, a celebrated actress, buried in Westminster Abbey. She died in 1730, and her remains lay in state, attended by two noblemen. She was buried in a very fine Brussels lace head-dress, a holland shift, with a tucker and double-ruffles of the same lace, new kid gloves, etc.

“Odious! In woollen? `Twould a saint provoke!'
Were the last words that poor Narcissa spoke.”
Pope: Moral Essays.
   Miss Nancy. An effeminate young man.

Nancy of the Vale A village maiden who preferred Strephon to the gay lordlings who sought her. (Shenstone.)

Nankeen So called from Nankin, in China. It is the natural colour of Nankin cotton.

Nanna Wife of Balder. When the blind-god slew her husband, she threw herself upon his funeral pile and was burnt to death.

Nannie to whom Burns has addressed several of his songs, was Miss Fleming, daughter of a farmer in the parish of Tarbolton, Ayrshire.

Nantes (1 syl.). Edict of Nantes. The decree of Henri IV. of France, published from Nantes in 1598, securing freedom of religion to all Protestants. Louis XIV. repealed this edict in 1685.

Nap To go nap. To stake all the winnings on the cards in hand; hence, to risk all on one venture. Nap is a game of cards; so called from Napoleon III.

Nap (A), a doze or short sleep, as “To take a nap,” is the Anglo-Saxon hnæppian or hnapp-ian (to take a nap; the nap of cloth is the Anglo-Saxon hnoppa.)

Naphtha The drug used by Mede'a for anointing the wedding robe of Glauce, daughter of King Creon, whereby she was burnt to death on the morning of her marriage with Jason.

Napier's Bones A method invented by Baron Napier, of Merchiston, for shortening the labour of trignometrical calculations. Certain figures are arranged on little slips of paper or ivory, and simply by shifting these slips the result required is obtained. They are called bones because the baron used bone or ivory rods instead of cardboard.

Napoleon III Few men have had so many nicknames.
   MAN OF DECEMBER, so called because his coup d'etat was December 2nd, and he was made emperor December 2nd, 1852.
   MAN OF SEDAN, and, by a pun, M. Sedantaire. It was at Sedan he surrendered his sword to William I., King of Prussia (1870)
   MAN OF SILENCE, from his great taciturnity
   COMTE D'ARENENBERG, the name and title he assumed when he escaped from the fortress of Ham.
   BADINGUET, the name of the mason who changed clothes with him when he escaped from Ham. The emperor's partisans were called Badingueux, those

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