Nash Coat of Arms / Nash Family Crest
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Where did the English nash family come from? What is the English coat of arms/family crest? When did the nash family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the history of the family name?
The founding heritage of the nash family is in the Anglo-Saxon culture that once dominated in Britain. The name nash comes from the name of the ash tree. It is thought to derived from the Middle English phrase “atten ash,” meaning “at the ash.” Thus the first bearer of the surname nash no doubt lived near an ash tree.
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person’s name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of nash include Nash, Naish, Nashe and others.
First found in Worcestershire where they were seated from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The nash were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Gregory Nash, who settled in Salem Mass. in 1630; Anne Nash settled in Virginia in 1635; along with Edward her husband; John, Margaret, Mary, Sarah Nash all settled in Virginia in 1663.
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Suggested Readings for the name nash
* The History of Five Southern Families (also Nash) Family by Ethel Evans Albert.
* Lives and Times of the Nash Family by Gertrude Nash Locke.
* Nash, a Family Genealogy by Ralph G. Nash.
Some noteworthy people of the name nash
* Abner Nash (d. 1786), American of Welsh origin, Governor of North Carolina
* John Forbes Nash Jr. (b. 1928), American mathematician, who won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1994
* Ogden Nash (1902-1971), American humorist and poet
* John Nash (1752-1835), English architect
* Brian Nash, English musician
* Francis Nash (d. 1777), who was a general in the Continental army and namesake of Nashville, Tennessee
* Sir Walter Nash (1882-1968), New Zealand politician, prime minister of New Zealand from 1957-1960