Shorett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Shorett comes from a name for a person who because of their physical characteristics was named short. In this case the surname Shorett 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.

Early Origins of the Shorett family

The surname Shorett was 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. [1] The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list William Short in Suffolk. [2]

Early History of the Shorett family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shorett research. Another 89 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1603, 1635, 1685, 1668, 1675, 1690, 1772 and are included under the topic Early Shorett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Shorett Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Shorett include Short, Shorte, Shortt, Schorte and others.

Early Notables of the Shorett family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Peter Short (died 1603), a London printer who printed several first editions and early texts of Shakespeare's works. Thomas Short (1635-1685), was an English physician, son of the Rev. William Short, born at Easton, Suffolk. He settled in London and was...
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Ireland Migration of the Shorett family to Ireland

Some of the Shorett family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Shorett family

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Shorett or a variant listed above: John Short, who came to the Jamestown settlement in Virginia in 1606; Henry Short who settled in Massachusetts in 1634; Marmaduke Short, who arrived in Virginia in 1668.

Contemporary Notables of the name Shorett (post 1700) +

  • J. W. Shorett, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Washington, 1912

  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6) on Facebook
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