The surname of NASH was derived from the Old French name de Nais, and was taken to Ireland by English settlers. It has become widespread in counties Limerick and Kerry. The name was originally brought into England in the wake of the Norman Invasion of 1066. Many of the early names recorded in medieval documents denote noble families but many also indicate migration from the continent during, and in the wake of, the Norman invasion of 1066. There was a constant stream of merchants, workmen and others arriving in England during this time. In 1086 the Record of Great Inquisition of lands of England, their extent, value, ownership and liabilities was made by order of William The Conqueror. It is known as the Domesday Book. This surname is now common in Ireland where it was taken by a family who established themselves in County Kerry in the 13th century, during the second wave of the Anglo-Norman settlement. In the middle ages it was customary for a man to be named after the village where he lived or where he held his land. This name would identify his whole family, and followed them wherever they moved. Following the Crusades in Europe in the 11th 12th and 13th centuries a need was felt for a family name. This was recognized by those of nobler blood who realised the prestige and practical advantage it would add to their status. Abner Nash (or Naish) (1740-86) was the governor of North Carolina, and was originally of Welsh origin, his parents having emigrated to Virginia from Wales in 1730. His brother Frances (1742-77) was a general in the Continental Army; the town of Nashville, Tennesse was named in his honour.
The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884.
Ireland was one of the earliest countries to evolve a system of hereditary surnames.
They came into being fairly generally in the 11th century, and indeed a few were formed before the year 1000.
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