Family name origins & meanings
- Scandinavian (especially Norwegian), Scottish, and northern English : topographic name for someone who lived on a headland or promontory, Old Norse nes, or a habitational name from any of the numerous places named with this word; there are over a hundred farms in Norway and many settlements in Scotland and northern England so named
- English : according to Reaney and Wilson, a variant of Nash.
- German : habitational name from places called Nesse in Oldenburg and Friesland.
- German : from a short form of the female personal name Agnes (see Agnes 1).