Show ContentsNaish History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Naish surname lie with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name Naish began when someone in that family worked as a in one of the various settlements called Ash in Derbyshire, Surrey, Hampshire, and many other places. The surname Naish 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]

"It must not be forgotten, however, that there are localities called Nash, in cos. Salop, Bucks, Monmouth, &c. Yet some of these were originally called Ash. The ville of Esse or Ash, co. Oxford, was corrupted (changed) to Nashe, temp. Richard H. Dunkin's Oxfordshire i. 177." [1]

Early Origins of the Naish family

The surname Naish was first found in Worcestershire, where William atte Nasche was recorded in 1301. While most of the fmaily hailed from Worcestershire, we also found Agnes ate Nasse in Oxfordshire in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. The Writs of Parliament list William atte Nasche, c. 1300. Hugh atte Nash was the rector of Wexham in 1397 and R. Nasshe owned land in Haddenham in 1487. [3]

"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 Naish family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Naish 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, 1626, 1740, 1786, 1730, 1742 and 1777 are included under the topic Early Naish History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Naish Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Naish has appeared include Nash, Naish, Nashe and others.

Early Notables of the Naish 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 politician; John Nash (1590-1661), an English merchant and politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1640 and 1648, supporter of the Parliamentary...
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Ireland Migration of the Naish family to Ireland

Some of the Naish family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 48 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Australia Naish migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Naish Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. George Naish, (b. 1813), aged 23, English ploughman who was convicted in Wiltshire, England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Eden" on 27th August 1836, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [5]

RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Theodore Naish, American 2nd Class passenger from Kansas City, Missouri, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania (1915) and died in the sinking [6]

  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.
  5. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th October 2021). Retrieved from
  6. Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from on Facebook