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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 word scorkhals meaning a person with a short neck.

Shorten Early Origins



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.

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Shorten Spelling Variations


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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.

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Shorten Early History


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Shorten Early History



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

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Shorten Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Shorten Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Shorten In Ireland


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Shorten In 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.

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The Great Migration



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

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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Shorten (post 1700)


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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

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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. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    2. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    3. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    4. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    6. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    7. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    8. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    11. ...

    The Shorten Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Shorten 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 28 November 2016 at 19:48.

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