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Name, v.1 Also: naim(e, nayme, neam(e, neym. P.t. and p.p. namit, -yt, etc., named, namde. [ME. (Wyclif, Gower) and e.m.E. name, OE. (ᵹe)namian f. nama Name n.: the usual OE. and ME. verb. was nemnan, nemnen (see Nemmin v. and Nem v.).]

1. tr. To supply a name to, to call by some individual name or usual designation. Freq. p.p., = named, called.Also to name (a person, place, etc.) efter or fra (from) someone or something else. 1513 Doug. iii. ii. 129.
Pargamea I namyt it but baid
1533 Boece ii. xiv. 89.
He … namyt it Innernes fra the rivere and louch fleting thareby
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 736, 7.
To all thyngis materiall, He [Adam] namyt thame in speciall: Quhow he thame namyt ȝitt bene kend
1596 Dalr. I. 3/2.
The maist ancient wryteris names Britannie Albion but all controuersie
Ib. 145/8.
This athe of keiping fidelitie or, as the vulgar vses to name it, ane athe of homage
Ib. 3/30.P.p. a1400 Leg. S. i. 550.
The blame, that lytil befor tholit he Of thame namyt of Galele
a1500 Henr. Orph. 38 (Asl.).
The first in Grewe was callit Euterpe, … The secound maide named Melpomane
c1490 Irland Asl. MS. I. 47/10.
The sanct that thow art named efter
1513 Doug. i. viii. 71.
Bot in our days laitly … Eftir thar duke it is namyt Italy
Ib. xi. Prol. 39. 1531 Bell. Boece I. xlv.
Ane herbe namit hadder
Ib. 10.
The first ile … wes namit Ardgaell fra Gathelus
A banist pepill namit Pichtis
1533 Boece x. xiv. 385.
This place was namyt the blak coiff
Ib. xiii. viii. 515 b.
Sanct Dominyk … institute the ordoure … quhilk … ȝit ar namyt the Domynyk freris
1533 Bell. Livy I. 12/24.
The place … was namyt be thame Troy, bot it was callit efter Pagus … ane landwart towne
Ib. 37/11. c1550 Lynd. Meldrum 71. 1560 Rolland Seven S. 282. Ib. 292, 324, 383. a1578 Pitsc. I. 64/6. 1596 Dalr. I. 12/12.
Nidisdale sa named frome the water of Nid
Ib. 119/26.
The title … is sa namet, Regiam Maiestatem
Ib. 52/7.
?1549 Monro W. Isles (1961) 53.
Ane iyle namitt in the Erische leid Ellan Iisall
1629 Justiciary Cases I. 131.

b. To designate by some title or epithet, to style. 1513 Doug. vi. Prol. 163.
To name thé God, that war a manifest le
1561 St. A. Kirk S. 87.
Maister Alexander Wardlaw, named of layt parson of Balingrie
1562-3 Winȝet II. 8/17.
This reul … we nameit it bayth a waippin and a werklume [etc.]
1565 Facs. Nat. MSS. III. xlviii.
We will ordane and consentis that he be namyt and stilit king of this our kingdome
1567 Reg. Privy C. I. 510.
Cunye namit hardheidis
a1578 Pitsc. I. 48/7.
This Earle James namet Gros James
c1590 Fowler I. 380/41.
Or els that he … had … not for Priams sonne beyne know, nor Hectors brother namde
1596 Dalr. ii. 249/3.
That the King of Ingland … names him selfe King of Irland
Ib. 391/15. 1600-1610 Melvill 556.
We answerit that sic wer athare of old prelates or men namit bisschoppis
c1650 Spalding II. 173.
Mr Archibald Johnstoun … who wes named my lord

c. In p.p., Having the reputation of (possessing) some character or attribute, noted for (of) the attribute: cf. Name n. 5 d. a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 418.
Ane of the best That now is namyt neir of all nobilnes

2. To utter or mention the name of; to specify by name. = Nem v. 2 and 3.(1) ?1438 Alex. ii. 3999.
The four brether … That I haue named lang time syne
1456 Hay I. 150/22.
For be his condicioun he namyt na man to his service, nouthir Johne na Williame na othir name but annerly ane hundreth men of armes
Ib. 266/18.
That he traistis that he has gude querele and namand the caus
Ib. II. 64/32.
Ȝone fretis that we have here sum part namyt, and otheris
c1490 Irland Asl. MS. I. 71/17.
I haue … in myn hert namyt the enemy throw … ire
1562-3 Winȝet I. 26/1.
I namet the twa personis following by vtheris
1568 Hosack Mary Q. of Scots 539.
Gif she war that woman quhilk the placardis namet she wes … vnworthy to leif
1566-70 Buch. Comm. on Virgil Æn. i. 98.
Voces … ambiguas: (incertaine, naming no man)
1596 Edinb. B. Rec. V. 168.
Ane laid woll hyddes [etc.] … foure penneis; … all laids nocht namet in this present tabill … twa penneis, the burding nocht namet, ane penny
1607 Crim. Trials II. 524.
[He] haifing namit the said Issobell be hir name
(b) 1540 Macritchie Gypsies 34.
To nayme or nott samony of thair company as he was plenteus on
1622-6 Bisset II. 295/30.
All thrie quhilk wrait the catalog of these disciples dois naim no suich one
(2) 1461 Chart. (Reg. H.) No. 362.
Alswele unnamyet as namyt
1504 Crim. Trials I. i. 43.
Alse weile nocht nemmit as namyt
1509 Rec. Earld. Orkney 83.
Alssweyll nocht neymitt as nemytt
c 1536–7 Ib. 222.
Lands as weill nott neamit as neamitt
1564–5 Ib. 279. 1579 Acts III. 158/1.(3) 1456 Hay II. 38/13.
The sevin vertues before namyt
1499 Charter (Reg. H.) No. 625.
The fore namyt landis
1562-3 Winȝet I. 25/4.
This mater of sedition afore namit
1640 Inverness Rec. II. 176.
And remanent … honest men abouen naimet of this bruch

3. To call by its right name.In negative context, implying that one does not know the name. 1685 Dunlop P. III. 17.
Ther is good stor of kiene and shiep sume goats sume swien … and many sorts of tries which I cannot neam

4. To nominate, designate, appoint (a person). = Nem v. 4. 1493 Lennox Mun. 147.
In our nayme and behalf … to nayme, cheis and present ande to thame fathfully to binde [etc.]
1505 (c 1580) Edinb. B. Rec. I. 105.
For that intent thai haif namit and chosin Thomas Glendunwyne thair belman
1533 Boece ii. v. 64 b.
Gif in ony of thir foresaidis war questioun … ane iuge suld be namyt
1539 Reg. Privy S. II. 457/2. 1543 Corr. M. Lorraine 44. 1552 Reg. Privy C. I. 130.
Gif the lord neames his tennent and chargis to mak him in reddines [for the levy]
1555 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 228.
Sic personis as ples the Quenis grace name to tak cognitioun as is within writtin
1561 Digest Justiciary Proc. D. 11.
For airt and pairt of the cheisinge of George Durye in Robert Hude wther wayes calland and namand him Lord of Obedience
1596 Dalr. I. 131/3.
Fergus … namet first King of Scottis in Albion for his felloune fortitude
1603 Shetland Sheriff Ct. 68.
Nicole Manison nameit be the fold for the King
1610 Laing MSS. I. 119. 1642 Misc. Spald. C. I. 24.
To such freinds wher yow are as yow shall therin nam
c 1666 Laing MSS. I. 349.
Som others that hid neamd you and Crafurd un to be aded to ther comitie

b. To enrol, muster (an army). = Nem v. 4 d. c1420 Wynt. viii. 5960 (W).
All the ost thai gert thar name [v.rr. aname, anayme, enname]

c. To assign, allot, reserve (something) to or upon a recipient. 1456 Hay I. 239/30. Ib. 240/23.
For the privilege was specialy namyt to the ox
1668 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Deeds I. 159.
[Together with] ane kow quhilk is already named upon the said Christian

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