Nayce History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Nayce comes from one of the family having worked as a in one of the various settlements called Ash in Derbyshire, Surrey, Hampshire, and many other places. The surname Nayce is also derived from residence near an ash tree.  Another source claims that the name could have been derived from the Gaelic "naisg," which means "made fast, bound, protected" 
Early Origins of the Nayce family
The surname Nayce 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.  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." 
Important Dates for the Nayce family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nayce 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 Nayce History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Nayce Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Nayce have been found, including: Nash, Naish, Nashe and others.
Early Notables of the Nayce 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...
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Migration of the Nayce family to Ireland
Some of the Nayce family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Nayce family
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Nayce, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were : Gregory Nash, who settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1630; Anne Nash settled in Virginia in 1635; along with Edward her husband; John, Margaret, Mary, Sarah Nash all settled in Virginia in 1663.
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- ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.