Popular Lullabies and Nursery Rhymes Starting with 'I' and 'J'

If Wishes Were Horses, Beggars Would Ride

If Wishes Were Horses, Beggars Would Ride originated in 1605 in Britain and is also known by the title “if wishes were horses”.


If I had a Little Nut Tree

If I had a Little Nut Tree originated in 1789 in England.


I’m a Little Teapot

I’m a Little Teapot originated in America in 1939.


Itsy Bitsy Spider

There are many rhymes whose history cannot be traced at all. Apparently, Itsy Bitsy Spider is one of those rhymes. No one actually knows where it came from. However, it is used to date by children during their play time. It is believed that the lyrics to Itsy Bitsy Spider came up to make the children enjoy their time (which they did). They repeat the words Itsy Bitsy Spider as they move in various games. In England, the words Itsy Bitsy Spider have been replaced by Incy Incy Spider. It has passed the test of time and will be used for a long period of time.



Jackanory originated in 1760 in England.


Jack and Jill

Jack and Jill originated around 1765 in Britain and are attributed to part of Norse mythology and a possible reference to Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette of France.


Jack be Nimble

In the 16th Century, one of the most famous pirates was Black Jack. He was a very notorious person who usually escaped from the authority. The Jack be Nimble is usually associated with him. It is believed that Black Jack was also known as Jack be Nimble. To date, this rhyme is commonly used. However, conducting an analysis to this rhyme is very difficult because of the brevity of the lyrics. In English fairs, the candle leaping is still used. People associate Jack be Nimble with Jack be Nimble.


Jack Sprat

This has a lot of history behind it. King Charles 1 (1625-1649) was married to Henrietta Maria (1609-1669). It was during that time that the king decided to go to war with Spain. The parliament by then refused to finance the war as they did not see the sense in it. The wife was very angry such that she imposed a new tax called war tax and the king dissolved the parliament.

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