Origin of the Name Nash
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Nash
include Naish and Nashe. Meaning 'atten ashe', this is a locational name from someone who lived near an ash tree. This name is of Anglo-Saxon descent spreading to the Celtic countries of Ireland , Scotland and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts throughout these countries. Examples of such are a Agnes atte Nasse, Oxford, who was recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England , in the year 1273 and a William atte Nasche, who was recorded in the 'Writs of Parliament' in the year 1300. A John Hurdman and Anne Naysshe were granted a marriage license in London, in the year 1524. The name is popular in Ireland , where it was taken by a family who became well established in County Kerry during the thirteenth century, at the time of the Anglo-Norman settlement. The original Norman form of the name was 'de Nais'.
The Nash coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Nash descendants.