When James Alexander Nash was born on 17 September 1851, in Hale Township, Warren, Illinois, United States, his father, Albert Scott Nash, was 28 and his mother, Mary Ann McClelland, was 30. He married Clara F. Wilkinson on 10 April 1873, in Corning, Adams, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Corning, Adams, Iowa, United States in 1880 and Jackson Township, Lee, Iowa, United States in 1900. He died on 21 May 1944, in Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 92, and was buried in San Gabriel Cemetery, San Gabriel, Los Angeles, California, United States.
English: topographic name for someone who lived by an ash tree, a variant of Ash by misdivision of Middle English atten ash ‘at the ash’, 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. The name was established from an early date in Wales and Ireland.
Jewish: possibly an Americanized form of one or more similar (like-sounding) Jewish surnames.
History: The surname Nash was taken to Ireland from England or Wales by a family who established themselves in County Kerry in the 13th century, during the second wave of Anglo-Norman settlement. — Abner Nash (c. 1740–86), governor of NC, was of Welsh origin, his parents having emigrated to VA from Wales in 1730. His brother Francis (c. 1742–77) was a general in the Continental army; the city of Nashville, TN, was named in his honor.