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

The Anglo-Saxon name Nason comes from when its first bearer worked as a in one of the various settlements called Ash in Derbyshire, Surrey, Hampshire, and many other places. The surname Nason is also derived from residence near an ash tree. The surname Nason 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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Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Nason include 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 Nason 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 Nason 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 Nason Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Nason 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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Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Nason or a variant listed above:

Nason Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Richard Nason, who landed in New England in 1652
  • Tho Nason, aged 21, arrived in Maryland in 1683

Nason Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Joshua Nason, who arrived in Virginia in 1704
  • Kath Nason, who arrived in Virginia in 1704

Nason Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • J D Nason, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Julius J Nason, who landed in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1860
  • Geo. Nason, aged 18, who landed in America from England, in 1892
  • Mrs. Nason, aged 36, who who settled in New York, in 1892
  • Malcolm C. Nason, aged 32, who emigrated to America, in 1894


Nason Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Badan Nason, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Leeds, in 1904
  • Jessie M. C. Nason, who settled in America, in 1906
  • Mrs. K. Nason, aged 36, who settled in America, in 1906
  • Herbert Nason, aged 36, who emigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • George G. Nason, aged 29, who emigrated to the United States, in 1909


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  • David G. Nason (b. 1970), American officer for GE Capital, former Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions
  • Edward Earl "Jack" Nason, American professional NFL football player, better known as "Running Deer"
  • Guy Nason, English Professor of Statistics at the University of Bristol
  • Ben Nason (b. 1989), Australian rules footballer


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The Nason Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Nason 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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