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The Anglo-Saxon name Nason 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 Nason is also derived from residence near an ash tree. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Another source claims that the name could have been derived from the Gaelic "naisg," which means "made fast, bound, protected" [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print


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The surname Nason 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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.

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 Nason include Nash, Naish, Nashe and others.


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

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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 Nason Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Nason 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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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 Nason or a variant listed above:

Nason Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Nason, who landed in New England in 1652
  • Tho Nason, aged 21, arrived in Maryland in 1683

Nason Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joshua Nason, who arrived in Virginia in 1704
  • Kath Nason, who arrived in Virginia in 1704

Nason Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • J D Nason, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Julius J Nason, who landed in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1860
  • Geo. Nason, aged 18, who landed in America from England, in 1892
  • Mrs. Nason, aged 36, who who settled in New York, in 1892
  • Malcolm C. Nason, aged 32, who emigrated to America, in 1894
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Nason Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Badan Nason, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Leeds, in 1904
  • Jessie M. C. Nason, who settled in America, in 1906
  • Mrs. K. Nason, aged 36, who settled in America, in 1906
  • Herbert Nason, aged 36, who emigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • George G. Nason, aged 29, who emigrated to the United States, in 1909
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Nason Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. John Nason U.E. who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he was part of the Penobscot Association [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Nason Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Frances Nason, aged 25, who emigrated to Winnipeg, Canada, in 1912
  • Fred Nason, aged 29, who settled in Winnipeg, Canada, in 1912
  • Lizetta Georgina Nason, aged 49, who emigrated to Winnipeg, Canada, in 1914
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  • Edward Earl "Jack" Nason, American professional NFL football player, better known as "Running Deer"
  • David G. Nason (b. 1970), American officer for GE Capital, former Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions
  • Irving Murray Nason (1890-1969), American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Bronx County 4th District, 1922
  • George H. Nason, American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Kings County 8th District, 1884; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1900, 1904
  • Freda L. Nason, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, 1988
  • E. K. Nason, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Erie County, 1885-88
  • Dwight Nason, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Mansfield, 1904
  • Charles Pinckney Holbrook Nason (1842-1937), American politician, U.S. Consul in Grenoble, 1901-11
  • Charles Otis Nason (1828-1903), American Republican politician, Mayor of Moline, Illinois, 1887-89
  • Charles E. Nason, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 1900
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Citations



  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. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  2. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  3. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  5. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  7. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
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