Guysborough County Genealogy

Guysborough County, Nova Scotia, Canada

Glossary of Old Terms

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Word/PhraseDefinitionUseage
NacimientoBirthSpanish
någonsomeone, anyoneSwedish
någotsomething, somewhatSwedish
NailerBlacksmith who made nails by cutting and shaping metalScot.Occup
Nailor / Naylor / Nellier1) Made iron nails by hand More Info 2) Maintained the teeth (nails) on the carding machine used on wool & cotton before weavingUK Occupation
nämdemanjurymanSwedish
NamesakePerson named after another person.General
namnnameSwedish
Naperer / NapierServant in charge of table linen in large housesUK Occupation
närwhenSwedish
näranearSwedish
näringsfångsource of livelihood, business, industrySwedish
Narrow WeaverWove ribbons, tapes etc.UK Occupation
närvarandepresentSwedish
närvaropresenceSwedish
NascitaBirthItalian
nationalitetnationalitySwedish
nattnightSwedish
nattvardcommunionSwedish
NavvieA 'navigator', a worker digging out canal beds, later roads.Scot.Occup
Navvy / Navigator / NavorLabourer on canals or railways, roads etc.UK Occupation
Neatherd /erCowherdUK Occupation
Neats Foot Oil DealerNeats Foot Oil is obtained by boiling the feet of cattle. It is used to render leather soft and pliableUK Occupation
Necessary WomanServant who emptied and cleaned the chamber potsUK Occupation
NeckerFed the cardboard into box-making machineryUK Occupation
NecrologyListing or record of persons who have died recentlyGeneral
NecrosisMortification of bones or tissueMedical
nedan(för)belowSwedish
NedellerNeedle makerUK Occupation
nedkomstbirthSwedish
nedrelowerSwedish
néeBorn, usually refers to a woman's maiden nameColonial Diseases
NeeUsed to identify a woman's maiden name; born with the surname of.General
Needle Pointer1) Filed or fettled the points in needle manufacture 2) Needlepoint craftswomanUK Occupation
Needle straightenerAligned and spaced the points in the needle bars of knitting machines.Scot.Occup
Neonatal...Referring to a baby of up to 4 weeks oldScot.Dise 1855
NephewSon of one's brother or sister.General
NephritisAcute or chronic inflammation of the kidneysScot.Dise 1855
NephrosisKidney degenerationMedical
neposgrandson. Also meant 'nephew' in some records.Latin
NepritisInflammation of kidneysMedical
neptisgranddaughter. Also meant 'niece' in some records.Latin
nervfebertyphoid feverSwedish
Nervous prostrationExtreme exhaustion from inability to control physical and mental activitiesMedical
nervslagsudden paralysisSwedish
NesterA thread nester worked in a threadmill (but exact task of the nester as yet unknown)Scot.Occup
NetterNet makerUK Occupation
NeuralgiaDescribed as discomfort, such as 'Headache' was neuralgia in headMedical
NieceDaughter of one's brother or sister.General
Night Soil CarrierPerson employed to remove and dispose of toilet wasteScot.Occup
Night Soilman / NightmanEmptied cesspits, ashpits and outside toilets - 'middins' - usually required to work from 9pm to 5am.See also Gong FarmerUK Occupation
NightwalkerNight watchman or bellmanUK Occupation
NimgimmerDoctorUK Occupation
nio(nde)nine (ninth)Swedish
NipperCarter's assistant for delivery of goodsUK Occupation
nittio(nde)ninety (nintieth)Swedish
nitton(de)nineteen (nineteenth)Swedish
njurpassionkidney stone diseaseSwedish
Nob ThatcherWig makerUK Occupation
nöddopemergency baptismSwedish
nollzeroSwedish
Noncupative willOne declared or dictated by the testator, usually for persons in last sickness, sudden illness, or military.General
NonnaGrandmotherItalian
NonnoGrandfatherItalian
Noon TenderGuarded quayside goods whilst officers were at lunchUK Occupation
nordnorthSwedish
NorgeNorwaySwedish
norr(a)north, northernSwedish
norskNorwegianSwedish
NostalgiaHomesicknessMedical
nota bene (N.B.)take noteLatin
NotarySolicitor, lawyerScot.Occup
NotererNotaryUK Occupation
NovemberNovemberGermany/Swedish
novembreNovemberFrench/Italian
noviembreNovemberSpanish
nunowSwedish
nuclear familyA family group that consists only of father, mother, and childrenColonial Diseases
nummernumberSwedish
Nurse ChildA child being looked after by another family for paymentUK Occupation
ny (a)newSwedish
nya boken (N.B.)new book, next clerical surveySwedish
nybyggaresettlerSwedish
nyföddnewbornSwedish
nyttnewSwedish
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