Nashe Surname History

The Anglo-Saxon name Nashe 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 Nashe is also derived from residence near an ash tree. [1] Another source claims that the name could have been derived from the Gaelic "naisg," which means "made fast, bound, protected" [2]

Early Origins of the Nashe family

The surname Nashe was first found in Worcestershire. However, the earliest record of the family was Agnes ate Nasse who was found in Oxfordshire in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. The Writs of Parliament list William atte Nasche, c. 1300. [3] Hugh atte Nash was the rector of Wexham in 1397 and R. Nasshe owned land in Haddenham in 1487.

"Nash is an old Worcestershire name, the family of Nash of St. Peter's, Droitwich, dating back to the 16th century. Nash was the name of a Worcester alderman in 1590 and of the mayor of that city in 1633." [4]

Early History of the Nashe family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nashe research. Another 83 words (6 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 Nashe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Nashe Spelling Variations

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 Nashe include Nash, Naish, Nashe and others.

Early Notables of the Nashe family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Richard Nash or Ash (died 1394/1395), of Hereford, was an English politician, Member of the Parliament for Hereford in 1377, 1379, 1380, 1381 and 1383; and his son, James Nash or Ash (died 1400), of Hereford, was an English...
Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Nashe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Nashe family to Ireland

Some of the Nashe family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 43 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Nashe family

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 Nashe or a variant listed above: Gregory Nash, who settled in Salem Massachusetts 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.



  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.


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