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Name, Naim, Nem, n. Also: nam, namm(e; naime, naym(e, naymn, naem(e; neam(e; neym; nyem; neme, nemm(e. [ME. nam(e, OE. nama. Cf. also Nome.The form nem(me may be partly by influence of Nem v.]Also To-name n.

1. a. A personal name, the designation of a particular individual person.Also, (to call a person his name) be (his) name or to (onto) (his) name: for the latter see Hate v.2 and Hecht v.2 for several further examples. Also, to call to a person be (his) name.See also Nem v. 3 and Nevin v. for some further examples.(1) 1375 Barb. ii. 492.
James … of Dowglas … and othir ma That I thar namys can nocht say
a1400 Leg. S. xviii. 275.
Tha[t] scho mycht neuir his nam kene
1398–9 Acts I. 210/2. c1420 Wynt. iii. 544.
He … callyd that land eftyr his name
Ib. vii. 2949.
As he wes howyn and had his name
Ib. ii. 278, 798. Ib. vii. 2357. 1456 Hay I. 16/9.
The quhilkis heretykis was callit thir namys
Ib. 277/9.
The godfader [etc.] … may geve namys to thair frendis
c1460 Alex. (Taym.) 1000, 1001.
‘Fair son, quhat is thi name?’ ‘Sawsone,’ said he, ‘fair schir, my name is cald’
c1475 Wall. ix. 247.
My rycht name is Wallace
a1500 Rauf C. 45. Ib. 239, 255. 1494 Loutfut MS. 3 a.
& quhat nam he beris
a1500 Seven S. 1886.
Annabill was his proper name
1520 Fife Sheriff Ct. 190. 1531 Bell. Boece II. 468.
The lordis thocht that Johne was ane unchancy name to be ane king
Id. Livy II. 125/5. 1535 Acts II. 348/2. c1552 Lynd. Mon. 2283. 1560 Rolland Seven S. 314. 1590–1 Crim. Trials I. ii. 239. 1591 Ib. 246.
Thay sould nocht haif bene nameit with thair awin names
1599 Elgin Rec. II. 76. c1650 P. Gordon Brit. Dist. 75.
A gentleman of the naine of Stewart
1661 Crim. Trials III. 601. 1662 Ib. 617. 1671 Rothesay B. Rec. 211.
For taking away Dame Elizabethe Ruthven hir name af the yets
1696 Glasg. Univ. Mun. II. 542.
Printing the whol nams of the students
(b) c1475 Wall. i. 321.
Schir Malcom Wallas was his nayme
Ib. ix. 237. c1500-50 Brevis Cronica 323. 1513 Doug. xiii. vi. 191.
Quhilk cite sall ressaue hys douchteris naym
a1538 Abell 49 b.
To Sanct Cholumb (or eftir our wulgair naym to Sanct Come)
1555 Edinb. Hammermen 198.
The masteris naymis that hes lentt … xl lbis
1557 Inverness Rec. I. 12.
Quhais naymes efter fallowis
1571 Misc. Bann. C. III. 134.
a1597-1617 Hist. Jas. VI 5.
He was then baptesit be the naymis of Charles James and James Charles
1609 Highland P. III. 117.
1622-6 Bisset II. 420/18.
Perth tuik the name fra the mannis naim quhome fra [etc.]
1627 Bk. Carlaverock II.86.
1704 Old Ross-shire I. 63.
Wreite a letter to me desyring your son of such a naim may be matriculat
(c) a1538 Abell 38 b.
Paip Innocent first of that neym sat 15 ȝere
(d) 1685 Dunlop P. III. 15.
Ther neams is set doun as they were removed
(e) 1521 Stirling B. Rec. I. 13.
Thir ar the nyemis of the saidis prisaris
1522 Ib. 16.
(f) 1517 Cochran-Patrick Coinage I. 61.
Thair nemmis to be gevin to the justice clerk thairupoun
1525 Stirling B. Rec. I. 25.
Thir ar the … nemis of [etc.]
1554 Dundee B. Laws 333.
Thir ar the nems of [etc.]
1584 Crim. Trials I. ii. 127.
Thair saidis thrie nemmis
1611 Reg. Panmure I. xciii.
Jhone wes thought ane infortunat nem in ane king
16.. Hist. Kennedy .
Concerning thair name, it is out of all dout the same proceidit fra the nem Kennethe, for of that nemme thair was sindry kyngis
Ib. 6.
1666 Laing MSS. I. 354.
(2) c1420 Wynt. ii. 875.
And [als] suppos I fand be name Thame wryttyn all
Ib. iii. 1046 (C).
That Symon Brek was callit be nayme
Ib. vii. 191.
This Robert than, be name Curtos
Ib. 1804 (W).
Oure king … David be name
1456 Hay I. 291/28.
He may nocht gudely … be callit be twa namys
a1500 Seven S. 2763. c1420 Wynt. v. 2573.
And cald hym be hys name, Marcell
Ib. viii. 6952. a1500 Bk. Chess 1287.(3) a1400 Leg. S. xix. 403.
Cristofore to name I tuk
Ib. xxi. 229.
Callit to nam Clement
Ib. xxix. 734.
My fadir, that … to name had Sir Placydas
?1438 Alex. ii. 191. a1500 Colk. Sow iii. 78.
He callit him Cokalb to his rycht name
1596 Dalr. I. 141/11.
The aucht king … to name was Thereus

b. In collocations with surname: spec. a person's personal or Christian name as distinguished from his family name or other surname. 1594 Acts IV. 72/1.
That thair may be anys a perfite distinctioun be names and surnames
1622-6 Bisset II. 58/16.
The clerk to write his naim and surname at lenth
1630 in T. Thomson Memor. Old Extent (Stair S.) 191 n.
Be name and surname
a1633 Hope Major Pract. II. 239.
The signet should be graven with their nam and surname
1650 Inverurie 314. 1664 St. A. Baxter Bks. 131.

c. The designation of a particular place, institution, etc. a1400 Leg. S. x. 44.
A citte That … Nadabar it had to name
Ib. xxiii. 287. c1400 Troy-bk. ii. 1159.
Inne one ile … That to the name had Alada
c1420 Wynt. i. 1122.
Off hym … al Affryk has the nayme
Ib. vi. 1128. c1420 Bute MS. fol. 141.
Som certane place be name of that lordschyp
1456 Hay I. 213/11. c1460 Alex. (Taym.) 2587.
Paris of Troy to Paris gaue the name
1470 Liber Aberbr. II. 106. 1487 Antiq. Aberd. & B. IV. 632. 1489 Acts II. 222/2. 1513 Doug. i. viii. 66. ?1549 Monro W. Isles (1961) 50.
Taking the name from the deiris
1596 Dalr. I. 13/25.
The name of the ane of thir lochis is named Lochriane
1611 Reg. Panmure I. xcix.
Ane hows quhilk ȝit kepis the Englishe nem of Brewtak
Ib. xcviii. c 1614 Glasg. Univ. Mun. III. 522.
The college name
1622-6 Bisset II. 131/1. Ib. 204/8.

d. The designation of things, persons etc., of which there is more than one of the kind.Also, (to call something its name) to or be name.(1) c1450-2 Howlat 33.
All thar names [herbs] to nevyn as now it nocht neid is
Ib. 151. 1456 Hay II. 12/1.
And efter the hors the knycht ane of his namys … chevalier that is to say horse man
1494 Loutfut MS. 33 b.
The lus in his tym changis his nam thre tymes
1533 Boece vi. iii. 191 b.
Amang the pepill this name Culdeis was sa extemyt that [etc.]
1533 Gau 5/19.
The orisons maid be men quhilk hes diuers namis and titels
1562-3 Winȝet II. 65/1.
Quha appropriatis … to thair venomous iuse the name of medicine
c1575 Balfour Pract. 303.
His awin proper name, togidder with the name of his office
1596 Dalr. II. 400/5.
Quhen tha held vp commoun huiris, in the name of wyfes
1625 Acts V. (1870) 183/1.
The exacting of ane peck … vnder the name of cheritie to the boll
c1616 Hume Orthog. 13.
I wald commend the symbol and name of i and u to the voual sound
1629 Justiciary Cases I. 98.
The definitioun of the name of ane witche being [etc.]
1638 Dumbarton B. Rec. 55.
Said he was not wordie to weir the coat and name of a preicher
1642 Orkney Rentals iv. 31.
The lispoinds … with the settins … albeit the names beis changed
1657 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 169.
Ane inventar containeing the haill particular names of the samen [books]
1705 Dunbar Social Life I. 18.
(2) 1535 Stewart 39512.
Ane herb … Quhilk callit is the mukilwort to name
c1590 J. Stewart II. 210 § 40.
Vormes monie mo Than I be name may rychtlie clip or call

e. Name be (= by) name. c1420 Wynt. i. 394.
Off byrde and best … Payr be payr and name be name
Ib. vi. 2352.
Now in genealogy to procede Name be name is hard in dede

f. A noun, in grammar. 1563-1570 Buch. Wr. 8.
The lawast classe is for thayme that suld declin the namis, and the verbes actives, passives and anomales
16.. Rudiments 1 a.

2. The, also a, holy name (sense 1a) of God, Christ, the Virgin or other object of religious devotion, also of a heathen deity.Also similarly used by witches of the name of Satan.For numerous further examples see the verbs Blaspheme v. 2, Incall v. 1(1), Invocat v. and p.p., Invok(e v., Love v. 1 a(1), and corresponding verbal nouns, nouns of action, etc., as Blasphematioun n. 2, Incalling vbl. n. 1 (2), Invocatioun n. 1 (2).(1) a1400 Leg. S. xxxiii. 508.
He … mad his invocacione … His godis namys calland al
c1500 Makc. MS. iv. 29.
That nycht thi name Sant Peter iij deniit
1490 Irland Mir. I. 31/24, 26.
Amang all the hie nammys of God, thar js nane sa propir … to teich ws quhat thing God js, for jt is the first name
Ib. 36/7.
The name of God … is maid haly in ws be our confessioune … of His halines
Ib. 146/3.
Hire haly name
Id. Asl. MS. I. 74/6.
c1500-c1512 Dunb. lxxxv. 60.
Thy name I sall ay nevyne
1533 Gau 13/3. Ib. 21/28.
Thou sal noth tak the nayme of God inuane
Ib. 22/4.
His blissit nayme
Ib. 33/7. Arundel MS. 252/405. 1551 Hamilton Cat. 21/4. 1564 Reg. Privy C. I. 298.
To sweir and tak His name in vane
1567 G. Ball. 119.
[We] sall … exalt Thy laude, Thy name and gloir
a1605 Montg. Ch. & Slae 1586 (Wr.). 1587 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. 510.
Oppin blasphemeris of Gods hailie name
1597 James VI Dæmonol. 17.
In the … names of God blasphemouslie vsed
1619 Perth Kirk S. MS. 12 Jan.
For blaspheming of Goddis name in … sweiring be His holye woundis
(2) 1622 Crim. Trials III. 514.
Witchcraft can nocht be accomplischet as witchcraft, bot be … incalling and invocatioun of the name of Sathan

3. A title of rank ordignity; also, the authority or dignity consequent on, or deriving from, such a title. Also fig.(1) c1420 Wynt. v. 2442.
Tharfor his state … Wes the les, bath in his fame [And] in the titill off hys nam
1456 Hay I. 291/32.
The quhilk men may not call him [the Emperor] a mare honourable name
Ib. 293/16.
So may ryaltee and name of king be in all emperouris
c1460 Alex. (Taym.) 2487.
Thus haue I nocht of lordschipe bot ane name
c1510 Prester John 310.
We … confessis … the name of ane preist is mair and wordiar thane the name of ane kyng
1533 Gau 4/4.
Sic vane glorious tetels and namis and pouers
1556 Lauder Off. Kings 142. 1562-3 Winȝet I. 91/18.
Ȝit the inexplicable benignitie of … God appropriatis in His scriptuir the samin names to His reularis … calling thame godis, kingis. lordis, iust, guid, &c.
1567 Hosack Mary Q. of Scots 560. 1572-5 Diurn. Occurr. 268.
That the croun … suld pas to France, havand this name to be ane matrimoniall croun
c1590 Fowler II. 45/9.
Vnderstanding not quhat the names of byschops & eldars meanes
1652 Aberd. Sheriff Ct. III. 73. 1672 Acts VIII. 124/1.
[Giving them both] the name of Lyoun herauld King of Armes togidder with the stile … of old vsed & wont
fig. 1560 Rolland Seven S. 10743.
Heid patroun to all hures, Ay quhill this warld indures, euer to bruik that name
(2) c1475 Wall. viii. 472.
The erll Malcome … nayme off rewill on him he wald tak nayne
1565 St. A. Kirk S. 271.
The pretendit minister, eldaris and diaconis of this cite are na jugis competent, nor hes power or naem in this caus
1563-1570 Buch. Wr. 24.
Sum are als that under cullour of that name [sc. the Queen's authority] thinkis to evade punitioun
1589 Dundas Fam. P., Royal Lett. No. 27.
Pretendant our name to cloik thair unlauchfull doingis

4. In various applications of the above in the formula In (also on etc.) (the) name (of) and its variants.a. In expressions of devotion to, or reliance on, the godhead, saints or divine objects, and in invocations, adjurations and asseverations. Also similarly by witches in invoking the Devil.(1) a1400 Leg. S. iv. 213.
In till His name I commaund thé That … thou ryse
Ib. xv. 116.
Barnabas tuk the ewangele … & lad it apone Thymonene In Goddis name
Ib. xxxiii. 524. 14.. Acts I. *89/2.
In the name of the haly indiuid trinite and of the blessyt Mary the vergyn begynnis the statutis of the gilde
c 1450 Charm in Harl. MS. 6670.
Suthfast lord in personis thre I nem this nam in nam of Thé
1461 Liber Plusc. I. 336.
In the name of the Fadir and the Son and the Hali Gaist
a1500 Rauf C. 63.
For the name of Sanct July, Thow bring me to sum harbery
Ib. 970. c1490 Irland Asl. MS. I. 14/23. 1513 Doug. i. Prol. 478.
Quha can do better, sa furth in Goddis name
c1500-50 Pleugh-Song in 1562-92 Wode's Psalter (ed.) 242.
Now in the rudd name Call about
1561 Q. Kennedy Compendious Ressonyng 182 n.
He quhilk hes promissit to be in the mydis off twa or thre convenit in his nayme
1600 Hamilton Facile Tr. Pray. 4.
I ryse in ȝour neme, O sweit Jesus Christ
1607 Rogers Social Life III. 298.
I lift this stoup in the name of the Father [etc.] … to do guid for thair helth for quhom it is liftit
1662 Crim. Trials III. 609.
In Saint Peiteris nam, Saint Paullis nam, and all the saintis of hevin; In the nam of the Father, the Sone, and of the Halie Gost
(2) 1662 Crim. Trials III. 607.
I shoot yon man in the Divellis name
Ib. 613.
In our lord the Divellis nam
1667 Dumbarton B. Rec. App. i. 9.
She cryed into him to rise in the Devills name

b. In another's or others' behalf, as his or their agent. attorney, representative or deputy. c. In another's or others' interests, on his or their account.See also Behalf n. 1, Behalve n. 1, for further examples.(a) 1381 Slater Early Sc. Texts No. 4.
Thruch vs our spouse forsaid our heires or ony in our name
1430 Reg. Great S. 38/2. 1462 Peebles B. Rec. I. 147.
[He] layd the sayd erd and stane in Sir John Smayllis hand in name of pur pepylle
1472 Lennox Mun. 85.
Apon the name … of ane nobill … lord [etc.]
1494 Acta Conc. I. 331/2. 1497 Ib. II. 87. 1500 (1580) Edinb. B. Rec. I. 85.
To thame or thair factouris in thair name
1505 Colquhoun Chart. II. 318.
One the name and behalf of the said Schir Johne
c1510 Prester John 310.
Sen it is schewyne tyll ws one ȝour name that [etc.]
1526 Douglas Corr. 341.
The castell of Sterlyng, quhilk wes kepit of the Quenis namme
1529 Antiq. Aberd. & B. IV. 230.
The arschip gudis … intromettit with be … Lord Forbes and vtheris in his name of his causing
1561 Exch. R. XIX. 481. 1564 Acts II. 544/1.
In name of all that … ar desyrous that leirning and letters floreis
1568 Edinb. B. Rec. iii. 249.
In thair names [to] desire licence to the gude toun to remane at hame from the armie
1586 Red Bk. Grandtully II. 131.
That the said Sir Thomas nor na vtheris keparis and detenaris of the saidis hous in his name sall on na wayis [etc.]
1597 Misc. 3 Spald. C. II. 38.
In the said Johne and Helen name
1636 Fam. Innes 225.
Lat them call in my name att Mr. Wm. Settone … I schall laue derections by him
1646 Glasgow B. Rec. II. 102. 1650 Glasgow Wrights Acts 9. 1652 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 130.
1667 Ib. 235. 1691 St. A. Baxter Bks. 26.(b) 1450 Coll. Aberd. & B. 428.
Haldande … ferme … quhatsumeuer the forsaide lorde in our naym ledis lauchfully to be don
1474 Reg. Morton II. 222.
I no nane wther in my nayme … sal move no ger lat pley be movit
1474 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III. 528.
Quhatsumewir thingis my foirsaidis depuitis … leidis lawfully to be done in my naim
1493 Lennox Mun. 146. c 1500 Halyb. xxii. 1504 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 73.
The alderman and counsale grantit thame avande, in the townes nayme, to Davy Theman, foure markis
1507 Reg. Privy S. I. 226/2.
With power to hir and hir said spouse in hir naim
1525 Wigtown B. Ct. 167 a.
Nor nayne in his nayme com to pay the thre termes annell
1525–6 Mill Mediæv. Plays 123. 1531 Lamont P. 40. 1531–2 Dunferm. Reg. Ct. 53. 1545 Douglas Corr. 159.
Qwhar I reqwerit in my maisteris naim, conforme to his derection, geif that [etc.]
1552 Reg. Cupar A. II. 107. 1561 St. A. Kirk S. 82. 1580 Stewart Mem. 107. 1670 Kirkcudbr. B. Rec. MS. 16 Nov.
In the said James his naime
(c) 1550 Coll. Aberd. & B. 182.
We … ordanis honorabill men [3 names] … to pas in owir neym before ony juge [etc.]
(d) 1627 Aberd. Council Lett. I. 269.
Foir them selffis and in neme of their sucksessoris
(e) 1666 Laing MSS. I. 350.
Since the King geve the proposition in Sir Ro. M's neam so favourabell an ansur

d. As representing, and having the delegated authority of, the sovereign or other authority.(a) 1398 Slater Early Sc. Texts No. 38. 1554 Crim. Trials I. i. 368.
The forsaid commissairs ar bondin in thair kyngis name for al prisoners
1563 Reg. Privy C. I. 240.
He sall … obey quhatsumevir … hir majestie or hir graces officiar … in hir hienes name chargis him
c1575 Balfour Pract. 279. a1578 Pitsc. I. 177/1. Ib. II. 88/10. 1578 Moysie 13.
To leivey men vnder his charge in the Kingis name
1588 Glenartney Doc.
Commanding alsua oure advocat in oure name to compeir and insist
1596 Highland P. III. 79.
Levetennte … in his majesteis name
c1650 Spalding I. 8.
The justice court wes fensit in the erllis awin name and in the name of the laird Innes [etc.]
1648 Linlithgow Palace 333.
In name of ane noble earl [etc.]
(b) 1479 Sc. Ant. XV. 142.
To the quhilk we [sc. the Earl of Angus] commit to you in our naymn be this our present letteres of power
1485 Acts 172/1.
That speceale lettrez be writin to our haly fader the paip in the naim & behalue of our souerane lord
1495 Acta Conc. I. 407/2.
Johne Lord Drummond [etc.] … as assissouris in our souerane lordis naim
1500 Stewart Mem. 82.
I charge ȝow in our souerane lordis naim and myn that [etc.]
1508–9 Reg. Privy S. I. 275/1.
To … mak compt thairof to his thesaurare in his [the King's] naim
1521 (c 1580) Edinb. B. Rec. I. 205.
The provest [etc.] … said to the said lard … in the tovnis naim that [etc.]
1529 (c 1580) Ib. II. 8. 1537 Edinb. Hammermen 3.
Beand requirit tharto be the dekin or officiar or ony vther masteris in the dekinis nayme & powar
1550 Banff Ann. I. 28. a1597-1617 Hist. Jas. VI 164.
To inhibit thayme … to geve out lettres in nayme of the regent bot in his majesties awin nayme
(c) 1641 Fraser P. 121.
In his maiesties neame & auctorite

e. In one's (awin) name, in the name of (oneself), on one's own account, on one's own authority. Also said by the ‘Devil’ in ‘baptising’ a witch, echoing a above.(1) 1490 Irland Mir. I. 22/33.
Geve thou sais this orisoune jn thi awine name and behaif … jt helpis thé nocht ore litile, bot [etc.]
1525 Prot. Bk. J. Foular II. 191.
In the name of him self and of the laif of the brether of the said hospitall
1683 Martine Reliq. Divi Andreae 128.
[The archbishops] directed brieves in their owne names
(2) 1662 Crim. Trials III. 603.
I baptise thé, Janet, in my awin name

f. In, one my name, as coming from me, attributed to me. c1500-c1512 Dunb. lix. 13.
[He] in my name all leis recordis
1553–4 Corr. M. Lorraine 381.
Quhat ewyr be said one my nayme, I salbe fund ane trew servand to your grace

g. Denoting that something given to one is for transmission to or sharing with another. 1501 Treas. Acc. II. 84.
To Schir Robert Rankin, in Andro Aytonis name. to the werk of Strivelin xxx li.
1511–1512 Treas. Acc. IV. 325.
To Ylay herold, in the name of the officiaris of armez for thair crying larges one New Ȝeir Day

h. As payment of. 1389 Slater Early Sc. Texts No. 16.
Aucht penys of syluer … in to name of male
1393 Ib. No. 28.
xx libras in name of costis and skathis
1400 Ib. No. 48.
A hundreth pund … in name of payn
1470 Douglas Chart. 101. 1486 Stirlings of Keir 256. 1490–1 Liber Melros II. 600.
In the name of ferme of thair landis
1534 Thanes of Cawdor 160.
Togider with the a penne land … in nayme of doware
1560 Soc. Ant. XXIII. 55. 1575 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 45.
In name of kynbute for the said slauchter
1587 Orkney & Shetl. Rec. 212.
In neame of duplicatioun of the said fewferme
1597 Skene Verb. S. s.v. Hawbert.
In name of blenche
1602 Treas. Acc. MS. 141.
Cassin amangis the pepill … in name of lairges
1611 Reg. Panmure I. xcix.
Quhilkis tua roumes wmquhile Walter Maule geawe in nem of towquhaire withe his daughter
1638 Moses Bundle No. 25, 1033 in Bk. Old Edinb. C. XXXI. 177.
Tuentie punds … in name of prenteiss fie

i. In token of or as thank-offering for. — 1375 Barb. iii. 224.
Scipio … has off the templis tane The armys … In name off wictory offerryt thar

5. The public character or reputation associated with the name of a person, also of a community or the like; fame or reputation, chiefly in the favourable sense; high reputation. a1400 Leg. S. xxvii 320.
A man that schane of halynes … For-thi of hyme fere ran the nam
Ib. xl. 644.
Thru it haldine wes thar name In gretlak and in schame
Ib. 478. ?1438 Alex. ii. Col. 27.
Quhen ȝe … leuis … nathing bot ane name
c1420 Wynt. i. 1455.
On set purpos to wyn thaim name
Ib. viii. 708.
Oure fadyr name yhet to restore
a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 1044. a1500 Colk. Sow Proh. 38. c1500-c1512 Dunb. lxxxii. 21.
In hurt and sklander of ȝour name
Id. xli. 24. 1513 Doug. vii. i. 167. 1531 Bell. Boece I. 79. 1533 Boece vii. i. 221 b.
Be onelie terroure of his name
1560 Rolland Seven S. 1746.
He causit to proclame … To set fordwart his name Quha wald cum thair to tornay
a1568 Scott iii. 52. 1609 Garden Garden 34.
Thy name, by fame, into this land shall liue

b. With adjs.: A reputation of a specified kind.Freq., gud name.(1) c1420 Wynt. v. 932.
Off his fadyre the gud name, And off his brothyr the fayr fame, Wes delete
c1420 Ratis R. 863. c1460 Alex. (Taym.) 2492.
Bot gif I win ane gud name quhen I de
c1475 Wall. xi. 560.
He had fer leuir de In till gud naym … Than [etc.]
a1500 Seven S. 618.
Throw the warld sprang his gud name
?c1500 Rathen Manual 27/1.
Quairthrov thai tynne thair gude naime or thair gudis
1513 Doug. i. Prol. 74. a1568 Bann. MS. 135 a/14.
Bettir is gud name Nor evill win geir
Ib. 46 a/35. a1570-86 Maitland Maitl. F. clxxiv. 30. 1679 Hawick Mem. 21.
For … taking away the good name of John Moore
1692 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Processes MS.
Having leived in good fame, name and reputation
(2) c1420 Wynt. ii. 1529.
Sic name ras off that reall route That landys sere off thame had doute
c1460 Consail Vys Man 152.
Lytyll forfalt rasis blame And bringis a man sone in ill name
1490 Irland Mir. I. 136/28.
Tak nocht a govne ore kyrtil … to brek … ȝoure wertuis and haly name, for thire are hevinly tressouris
c1500-c1512 Dunb. liv. 22.
Quhai in felde receawes schame And tynis thair his knychtlie name [M. naem]
Id. lxxxii. 70.
Keip ordour … That ȝe may gett ane bettir name

c. With the indefin. art.: A good name, high reputation. 1638 Rutherford Lett. (1891) 556.
It is possible I be misconstructed, and deemed to seek a name
1654 Laing MSS. I. 292.
As maiking … commotions … only for a nayme to ourselves

d. The reputation or repute of (possessing) some quality, character or attribute.Also const. to be of (the specified character).(1) ?1438 Alex. ii. 6664.
That hale the name and the cry Of wrang … Is turnet halely in ȝow
1494 Loutfut MS. 6 a.
Without spot or nam of villany
c1500-c1512 Dunb. lxxvii. 5.
Blyth Aberdein, … He nottit is thy name of nobilnes
1521 Douglas Corr. 80.
That thir thre lordis quhilkis now hes the name of the kepping of the Kinge and hes nocht in deid, thai [etc.]
1560 Rolland Seven S. 10712.
Ay to bruik of greit harlattis the name
1600 Hamilton Facile Tr. 438.
To conquise the name of good iusticiers
1596 Dalr. II. 406/5.
Gloireng in the name of reformeris
(2) 1456 Hay I. 234
The quhilk … had the name to be of evill lyfing

6. a. A family or clan name as implying kinship or membership of the family or clan. b. Those bearing a particular name; a family or nation or (freq.) a clan.a. 1582 Waus Corr. 243.
Ony that hecht your l. name
1612 Highland P. III. 122.
[One Macgregor] to mensweare his name
c 1621 Melrose P. 433.
It kythes that the towne of Drumfreis cairies their olde respect to the name of Maxwuell
1626 Justiciary Cases I. 55.
The laird of M'Gregor with the remanent persewaris … of his name
1681 Red Bk. Menteith II.198.
[The estates to be settled] on her … and her ishue in the blood and name
1696 Seafield Corr. 201.
That my Lord Secretarie was pleast to look one me as friend and neam
b. 1533 Boece vii. iii. 225.
All thingis done fra begynnyng of the Scottis name to the tyme of King Malcolme Canmore
1581 Acts III. 231/2.
For the pairt of the said Erll of Huntlie, his name, freindis and pairtakers
1590 Aberd. Council Lett. I. 49.
The name of Mengȝeis and thair freynes ar persowit befoir his maiestie
1600 Reg. Panmure I. xxxiv.
If scho had beine deliwer of ane dauchter, the hows sould heawe gone fra the nem
1607 Acts IV. 379/2.
And specealie aganis that … wicked race and name of the Glengregour
16.. Hist. Kennedy 6.
It is now affermitt be the neme of Kennedy that [etc.]
1620 15th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. ix. 42.
A … desyre to walkine … the auld troubles and elistis betuix the twa names
1637 Aberd. B. Rec. III. 118.
The … brokin men of the name of Gordone
1638 Rothes Affairs Kirk 98.
Letters wer writ to the Earle of Southerland … Laird Ballingown, name of Mackenȝie, Graunt, M‘Intoshe, all to meit at Innernes
a1676 Guthry Mem. 146.
The whole clans were for them, and those of the name of Scot beyond the rest
1676 Lauder Notices Affairs I. 108. 1677 Spotsw.'s Hist. App. 40.
Where their families (commonly called clannes) depend absolutely upon the head of the name, whom they commonly call their chief

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