Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Nash Name
Origins of Name:
The surname of Nash has a medieval English origin, and comes from a topographical location. It is said that the surname of Nash is used to describe someone who “lived at or near an ash tree.” The ash tree was significant in ancient history, and was even considered magical, potentially because of all of the possible uses for this type of tree and type of wood. It is also said that local tribes and groups would hold their meetings at an ash tree, which became a common place for business to be conducted, and court proceedings to be held at this magical tree. It is also said that this type of tree, the ash tree, was used to separate the borders of tribe lands. Thus, these trees would be planted to provide boundary markers between differing tribal territories. The surname of Nash, being topographical, was one of the earliest created surnames. In the 13th century, topographical names were created to identify those who lived by natural and man-made features, because these features were easily recognizable and distinguishable in small communities in the Middle Ages.
More common variations are:
Naish, Nashe, Nasha, Nyash, Nashi, Nasho, Nashy, Nashu, Nasch, Knash
The first recorded spelling of the surname of Nash was in Oxfordshire, England. One person named Adnes Ate Nasse was recorded in the Hundred Rolls of Oxfordshire in the year of 1273, which was under the reign of King Edward the 1st of England, who ruled from the year 1272 to the year 1307. As the years passed, more recordings of the surname surfaced in old documents. In 1273, William ate Nasche and John ater Aysse were both noted in the Subsidy Rolls of the county of Sussex, while Henry Aten Assche was noted in the Worcestershire in 1301, and Alan Tassh, was recorded in the Subsidy Rolls of Suffolk in the year 1327. In 1611, Elizabeth Tash was christened at St. Dunstan’s in the East, Stepney, which Alice Nash and Edward Sproson were married at St. Giles Church, Cripplegate, city of London, on August 15, in the year of 1611. It is important to note that in recent times, this surname has become Tash, in various forms, and this is a recognized version of this surname. In England, those with the surname of Tash are from the Worcestershire area, but have since begun appearing in the southeastern region of England, and largely concentrated within the city of London.
United States of America:
During the early part of the 17th century, it became common for settlers from Europe, specifically England, to move from their home country in search of a new life. These people were often seeking freedom from religious persecution, as well as a better life, with better living conditions. These people sought out this new life in the United States of America, which at that time was called the New World or the Colonies. The first person to make it to the United States to start their new life was one Gregory Nash, who landed in Charleston, Massachusetts in 1630, and later settled in the city of Salem, Massachusetts. In the United States, those who bear the surname of Nash are often found in the states of Texas, California, Illinois, Massachusetts, and New York.
United States 67,107
South Africa 5,662
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Nash Coat of Arms Meaning
The four main devices (symbols) in the Nash blazon are the chevron, greyhound, eagle’s head and sprig of ash. The three main tinctures (colors) are azure, sable and argent .
The bright, strong blue color in Heraldry is known in English as azure, and similarly in other European languages – azul in Spanish, azurro in Italian and azur in French. The word has its roots in the Arabic word lazura, also the source of the name of the precious stone lapis lazuli . Despite this, those heralds who liked to associate colours with jewels chose instead to describe blue as Sapphire. According to Wade, the use of this colour symbolises “Loyalty and Truth” .
Sable, the deep black so often found in Heraldry is believed to named from an animal of the marten family know in the middle ages as a Sabellinœ and noted for its very black fur . In engravings, when colors cannot be shown it is represented as closely spaced horizontal and vertical lines, and appropriately is thus the darkest form of hatching, as this method is known . Although it may seem a sombre tone, and does indeed sometimes denote grief, it is more commonly said to represent Constancy .
Argent is the heraldic metal Silver and is usually shown as very pure white. It is also known more poetically as pearl, moon (or luna) . In a sketch or drawing it is represented by plain, unmarked paper .
The chevron is one the major shapes used upon a shield, known as ordinaries. The inverted ‘V’ of the chevron is perhaps thought to have originated to represent a military scarf folded on the shield , or additional cross-pieces used to strengthen the shield and painted a different colour.. It has also acquired the meaning of “Protection… granted… to one who has achieved some notable enterprise” , possibly becuase of its resemblance to the roof truss of a house.
Unlike many of the creatures to be found in heraldry, the Greyhound is shown in a very natural aspect and lifelike poses. It is probably the most common member of the dog family to be found in arms , and Wade suggests that we see in its appearance the suggestion of“courage, vigilance and loyal fidelity”.
Where the lion is undisputed king of the animals, the eagle undoubtedly plays the same role in the realm of the birds, its use in this form dating back to at least the Roman period . They tend to be illustrated in quite some detail, especially in continental European arms, and have almost as wide variety of postures and accessories as the lion, well illustrated in the reference as well as being just the eagle’s head or eagle’s leg. The symbology of the eagle is deep and complex, Wade devotes several pages to the subject , but suffice it say that it has long been associated with Empire and those held in high honour – any armiger would be pleased to have any form of Eagle upon their arms!