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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

Where did the English Nash family come from? What is the English Nash family crest and coat of arms? When did the Nash family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Nash family history?

The history of the name Nash dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from a member of the family who worked as a in one of the various settlements called Ash in Derbyshire, Surrey, Hampshire, and many other places. The surname Nash is also derived from residence near an ash tree. The surname Nash belongs to both the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads, and to the class of topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees.

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Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Nash has undergone many spelling variations, including Nash, Naish, Nashe and others.

First found in Worcestershire where they held a family seat 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nash research. Another 165 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1394, 1395, 1377, 1379, 1380, 1381, 1383, 1400, 1590, 1661, 1640, 1648, 1593, 1647 and 1626 are included under the topic Early Nash History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 171 words(12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Nash Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Nash family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 75 words(5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Nash were among those contributors:

Nash Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Gregory Nash, who settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1630
  • Gregory Nash, who landed in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1630
  • Edmond Nash, aged 21, arrived in Barbados in 1635
  • Anne Nash settled in Virginia in 1635 along with Edward her husband
  • Edmund Nash settled in Barbados in 1635


Nash Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Prudence Nash, who landed in North Carolina in 1701
  • Mary Nash, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • Eliza Nash, who arrived in Virginia in 1714

Nash Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • William Nash, who landed in Barbados in 1800
  • John D Nash, who landed in Texas in 1835
  • Michael Nash, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1844
  • J W Nash, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • J C Nash, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850


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  • Francis Nash (1742-1777), American general in the Continental army and namesake of Nashville, Tennessee
  • 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 (b. 1963), English musician
  • Graham William Nash OBE (b. 1942), English singer-songwriter, best known for his work with the folk-rock band Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
  • Sir Walter Nash (1882-1968), New Zealand politician, prime minister of New Zealand from 1957-1960
  • Anthony "Tony" Nash (b. 1936), British Olympic Gold Medal-winning bobsledder
  • Knowlton Nash OC, O.Ont (b. 1927), Canadian journalist, author, and former long-serving senior anchorman of CBC Television's flagship news program, The National
  • Major-General Albert Edward Nash (1882-1944), Canadian Commanding Officer Group B Canadian Reinforcement Units, England Inspector-General of Central Canada


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  • 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.
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  1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  2. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  5. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  6. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  7. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  8. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  10. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
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The Nash Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Nash Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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