Nace History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The founding heritage of the Nace family is in the Anglo-Saxon culture that once dominated in Britain. The name Nace comes from when one of the family worked as a in one of the various settlements called Ash in Derbyshire, Surrey, Hampshire, and many other places. The surname Nace 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 Nace family

The surname Nace 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 Nace family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nace 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 Nace History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Nace Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Nace has been spelled many different ways, including Nash, Naish, Nashe and others.

Early Notables of the Nace 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 Nace Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Nace family to Ireland

Some of the Nace 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.


United States Nace migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Naces to arrive in North America:

Nace Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Pierre Nace, who arrived in Jamestown, Va in 1700 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Nace (post 1700) +

  • W. Lloyd Nace, American politician, Burgess of Souderton, Pennsylvania, 1960
  • Robert E. Nace, American politician, Mayor of Morris Township, New Jersey, 2007


  1. ^ Lowe, 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.
  5. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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