Theories Related To The Origin Of Georgie Porgie

"Georgie Porgie" is one of the best-known English nursery rhymes and kids' songs. The songwriter of this traditional nursery rhyme is not known. "Georgie Porgie" is a short and simple rhyme to teach little learners. Several theories have been advanced to explain the origins of the traditional nursery rhymes, but there is no evidence to corroborate such claims. Similarly, various theories are related to the origins of "Georgie Porgie" rhyme but without proper evidence.


Theories associated with its origins

The rhyme first appeared with different lyrics in the collection of James Orchard Halliwell in the mid-nineteenth century. Lyrics to the nursery rhyme were as follows:   

Rowley Powley, pumpkin pie,
Kissed the girls and made them cry;
When the girls began to cry,
Rowley Powley runs away.

However, commentators believe that the above version of the song was known to George Bernard Shaw in his childhood, therefore the exact date of the earliest version is not clear.

In some of the theories, 'Georgie Porgie' character refers to the historical figures,  including George Villiers, 1st  Duke of Buckingham,  Charles II and George I. However, there is no evidence to support the claim.

One of the theories associates "Georgie Porgie" nursery rhyme to the 1745 rebellion of Scots. It is believed that when the Jacobite army moved towards the south ("When the boys came out to play"), King George fled England ("Georgie Porgie ran away"). Thus, "Georgie Porgie" is considered as a Jacobite nursery rhyme! Moreover, "ie" was used instead of "y" or "ey" at the ends of the words in Scotland only.

"Georgie Porgie" song is related to the Great Fire of London, which started in Pudding Land and is believed to have stopped a Pye Corner. In this theory, "The Boys" refers to the firefighters and 'Georgie Porgie' is said to be the arsonist, who was chased by the firefighters.

Modern lyrics to the rhyme
The most common contemporary lyrics known to kids and young children are:
Georgie Porgie, pudding and pie,
Kissed the girls and made them cry,
When the boys came out to play,
Georgie Porgie ran away

"Georgie Porgie" rhyme has been kids' favorite traditional song, which is sung all over the world.