The English, Irish and Welsh surname Nash is a topographic name for someone who lived by an ash tree, a variant of Ash from the Middle English term atten ash meaning “at the ash tree”, or a habitational name from any of the many places in England and Wales named Nash, from this phrase, as for example Nash in Buckinghamshire, Herefordshire, or Shropshire. Early examples of the surname include: William atte Nasche and John ater Aysse, both noted in the Subsidy Rolls of the county of Sussex in 1273; Henry Aten Assche of Worcestershire in 1301; and Alan Tassh, recorded in the Subsidy Rolls of Suffolk in 1327. The name is first recorded in the New World in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630 when George Nash is recorded. Today there are approximately 50,000 bearers of the name Nash in the Unite States.
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