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The ancient history of the name Shortall began soon after 1066 when the Norman Conquest of England occurred. It was a name given to a stocky or short-necked person which was in turn derived from the Anglo-Saxon word scorkhals meaning a person with a short neck.

Shortall Early Origins



The surname Shortall was first found in Northumberland where they held a family seat from very early times being granted lands at Shotthaugh by William after the Conquest in 1066 A.D.

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Shortall Spelling Variations


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Shortall Spelling Variations



Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Shortall family name include Shorthalls, Shortals, Shortall, Shottall, Shottalls, Shortells, Shortell, Shorthill, Shotthaugh, Shotter and many more.

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Shortall Early History


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Shortall Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shortall research. Another 262 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1290, 1326, and 1641 are included under the topic Early Shortall History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Shortall Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Shortall Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Shortall Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Shortall In Ireland


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Shortall In Ireland



Some of the Shortall family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 104 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Shortall family to immigrate North America:

Shortall Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Shortall settled in Chicago, son of John Shortall, a Dublin Merchant in 1700

Shortall Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George Shortall, aged 40, landed in Maine in 1812
  • James Shortall, who arrived in Arkansas in 1867

Shortall Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Ellen Shortall, aged 30, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Nugget"
  • Thomas Shortall, aged 35, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Australia"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Shortall (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Shortall (post 1700)



  • Stacey Shortall, New Zealand lawyer, known for her charitable work, winner of the Community Award in the New Zealand Women of Influence Awards in 2015
  • Róisín Shortall (b. 1954), Irish politician, co-founder and joint-leader of the Social Democrats party
  • Brian Shortall (b. 1985), Irish football defender from Dublin
  • John Shortall, San Antonio Nuclear Physicist, Author and Editor
  • Róisín Shortall (b. 1954), Irish Labour Party politician

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Shortall Historic Events


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Shortall Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Miss Leona Francis  Shortall (1908-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Certavi et vici
Motto Translation: I have fought and conquered.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    2. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    4. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    7. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    10. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
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    The Shortall Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Shortall 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.

    This page was last modified on 6 September 2016 at 06:54.

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