Fash History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Fash reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Fash family lived in Northampton. The name, however, derives from the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Vassy, Normandy. One of the first records of the name was Robertus Invesiatus, Lascivus which appeared in the Domesday Book  in Essex . Other records show the name was originally De Vesci, which was a baronial name, a branch of the De Burgh family. 
Eustace de Vescy or Vesci, Baron Vesci (1170?-1216), "son of William de Vesci and Burga de Stuteville, paid his relief on coming of age in 2 Richard I (1191-1192). He was with the king in Palestine in 1195. John de Vescy (d. 1289) was eldest son of William de Vescy (d. 1253), and elder brother of William de Vescy. In 1253, on the death of his father in Gascony, he succeeded to the family estates. These included the barony of Alnwick and a large property in Northumberland." 
Early Origins of the Fash family
The surname Fash was first found in Northampton where Robert de Vassy (Veci) and his brother Ivo were granted nineteen Lordships in that county and overlapping into Warwick, Lincoln, and Leicester, by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. Ivo (John) won the hand of Alda, daughter of Gilbert, Lord of Alnwick in Northumberland and the family claim considerable prominence as the Lords of Vesey from which Lords Fitzgerald and Vesei claim descent.
Important Dates for the Fash family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fash research. Another 204 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1313, 1500, 1589, 1661, 1462, 1554, 1470, 1674 and 1746 are included under the topic Early Fash History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Fash Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Fash include Feasey, Feasy, Fessey, Fassey, Fessys, Fressis, Veasey, Vassey, Vassy, Vesci, Vezey, Vezay, Vesey, Vessey and many more.
Early Notables of the Fash family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fash family to Ireland
Some of the Fash family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 35 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Fash migration to Canada
In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Fashs to arrive on North American shores:
Fash Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. George Fash Sr., U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 8 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 20, 1783 at East River, New York 
- Mrs. Catherine Fash U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 65 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 20, 1783 at East River, New York 
- Mr.GeorgeFash U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 10 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 20, 1783 at East River, New York 
Contemporary Notables of the name Fash (post 1700)
- Cameron Fash, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Georgia, 2008 
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