Shortes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Shortes is of Anglo-Saxon origin. It was name for a person who because of their physical characteristics was named short. In this case the surname Shortes 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 Shortes family

The surname Shortes 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 Shortes family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shortes 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 Shortes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Shortes Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Shortes have been found, including Short, Shorte, Shortt, Schorte and others.

Early Notables of the Shortes 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 Shortes family to Ireland

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

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Shortes, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were: 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.



  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)


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