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The history of the name Nash dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from a member of the family who worked as a in one of the various settlements called Ash in Derbyshire, Surrey, Hampshire, and many other places. The surname Nash is also derived from residence near an ash tree. The surname Nash 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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The surname Nash was 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.

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Nash has undergone many spelling variations, including Nash, Naish, Nashe and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nash 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 Nash 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 Nash Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Nash 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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To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Nash were among those contributors:

Nash Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Gregory Nash, who settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1630
  • Gregory Nash, who landed in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1630
  • Edmond Nash, aged 21, arrived in Barbados in 1635
  • Anne Nash settled in Virginia in 1635 along with Edward her husband
  • Edmund Nash settled in Barbados in 1635


Nash Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Prudence Nash, who landed in North Carolina in 1701
  • Mary Nash, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • Eliza Nash, who arrived in Virginia in 1714

Nash Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • William Nash, who landed in Barbados in 1800
  • John D Nash, who landed in Texas in 1835
  • Michael Nash, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1844
  • J W Nash, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • J C Nash, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850


Nash Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Michl Nash, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mrs. Martha Nash U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783
  • Miss. Martha Nash Jr., U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 listed as a child less than 10 years of age
  • Mr. Samuel Nash U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783
  • Mr. Joseph Nash U.E. who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784

Nash Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Abner Nash, who landed in Canada in 1831
  • F Nash, who landed in Montreal in 1832
  • Frank Nash, who arrived in Canada in 1832
  • Edward Nash, aged 28, a gentleman, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "Perceval" from Plymouth
  • C. Nash, aged 24, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "Perceval" from Plymouth


Nash Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • James Nash, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • John Nash a carpenter, arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "John Pirie" in 1836
  • William Nash arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "John Renwick" in 1837
  • William Henry Nash arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837
  • Mary Ann Nash arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837


Nash Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • James Henry Nash, aged 25, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840
  • Ann Nash, aged 24, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840
  • Miriam Nash, aged 5, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840
  • Norman Nash, aged 3, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840
  • George Nash, aged 18 months, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840


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  • Belinda Jacqueline Nash (1946-2016), Canadian-born, American historian, author and activist
  • John Lester "Johnny" Nash Jr. (b. 1940), African-American reggae singer-songwriter, best known for his 1972 comeback hit, "I Can See Clearly Now"
  • John Francis Nash (1909-2004), American railroad executive
  • John Forbes Nash Jr. (1928-2015), American mathematician who won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1994, co-recipient of the Abel Prize in 2015, inspiration for the the movie "A Beautiful Mind"
  • Francis Nash (1742-1777), American general in the Continental army and namesake of Nashville, Tennessee
  • Ogden Nash (1902-1971), American humorist and poet
  • Royston Hulbert Nash (1933-2016), English conductor, best known as a music director of the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company
  • John Henry Nash (1906-1977), English cricket administrator
  • John Henry Nash (1867-1939), English footballer who played as a forward for Burslem Port Vale in the 1890s
  • Graham William Nash OBE (b. 1942), English singer-songwriter, best known for his work with the folk-rock band Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

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  • The History of Five Southern Families (also Nash) Family by Ethel Evans Albert.
  • Lives and Times of the Nash Family by Gertrude Nash Locke.
  • Nash, a Family Genealogy by Ralph G. Nash.
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The Nash Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Nash 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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