The Norman name Shorten was originally used for a person who was a stocky or short-necked person
which was in turn derived from the Anglo-Saxon
meaning a person with a short neck.
Early Origins of the Shorten family
The surname Shorten 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.
Early History of the Shorten family
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Shorten Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Shorthalls, Shortals, Shortall, Shottall, Shottalls, Shortells, Shortell, Shorthill, Shotthaugh, Shotter and many more.
Early Notables of the Shorten family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Shorten family to Ireland
Some of the Shorten 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.
Migration of the Shorten family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Shorten name or one of its variants:
Shorten Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Mary Shorten, who arrived in Virginia in 1636 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Shorten Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Helena Shorten, aged 20, who landed in America from Kielnacraugh, in 1897
Shorten Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Annie Shorten, aged 29, who landed in America from Leicester, England, in 1907
- Bridget or Maggie Shorten, aged 26, who emigrated to America from Kinsale, Ireland, in 1912
- Edith A. Shorten, aged 31, who landed in America from Sacriston, England, in 1912
- Edna Shorten, aged 3, who emigrated to the United States from Sacriston, England, in 1912
- Elsie Shorten, aged 7, who landed in America from Sacriston, England, in 1912
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Contemporary Notables of the name Shorten (post 1700)
- Charles Henry "Chick" Shorten (1892-1965), American Major League Baseball player
- John "Jack" Shorten (b. 1887), Australian rules footballer
- Anthony Shorten (b. 1969), Australian Liberal National politician
- George "Tich" Shorten (b. 1901), Australian rules footballer
- William Richard "Bill" Shorten (b. 1967), Australian politician, Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, and Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation
The Shorten 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.