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Where did the English Short family come from? What is the English Short family crest and coat of arms? When did the Short family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Short family history?Short is a name of Anglo-Saxon origin. It was a name given to a person who because of their physical characteristics was named short. In this case the surname Short can be traced back to the Old English word sceort which means short. The original bearer would have been known as the short one, because of his low stature. As height is one of the most easily distinguished features of a person, names derived from this aspect of a person's physique are by no means rare.
Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Short were recorded, including Short, Shorte, Shortt, Schorte and others.
First found in Dorset where one of the first records of the name was Ordic Scort who was listed there in the Pipe Rolls of 1176. Other early records include Richard le Sorte who was listed in the Assize Rolls of 1269 in Somerset and William Short who was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex of 1327.  The Hundred Rolls of 1273 list William Short in Suffolk. 
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Short research. Another 177 words(13 lines of text) covering the year 1600 is included under the topic Early Short History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 35 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Short Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Short family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 87 words(6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Short family emigrate to North America:
Short Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Short Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Short Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Short Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Short Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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