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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.
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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nash research. Another 165 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1590, 1661, 1640, 1648, 1593, 1647, 1st and 1626 are included under the topic Early Nash History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 99 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Nash Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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.
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
Nash Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Nash Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
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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