Nash Family History
The family history of the ancient name Nash
was found in the irishsurnames.com archives.
Surnames developed a wide number of variants over the centuries. Many different spelling variations of the same name can be traced back to a single original root. Also, when a bearer of a name emigrated from Ireland it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books upon arrival at their new location. Some names have dozens of spelling variations. Some Surnames were also altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically, by their sound, and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another. This was especially so in Ireland where most Gaelic names were 'anglicized' at some stage.
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
family crest (or coat of arms) came into existence many centuries ago. The process of creating these coats of arms began as early as the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this, including Ireland. The new more formalized art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own family crest, coat of arms, including Nash