Shorthouse is an ancient Anglo-Saxon
name. It was a name given to a person who was a person who was given the nickname
due to the fact that this individual wore half hose
which reached the top of the knee, rather than covering the whole leg. This nickname was given to Sir Thomas Woodcock, Lord Mayor of London in 1405 for this very reason.
Early Origins of the Shorthouse family
The surname Shorthouse was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Shorthouse family
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Shorthouse Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Shorthouse has appeared include Shorthouse, Shortus, Shorthose, Shortis and others.
Early Notables of the Shorthouse family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Shorthouse family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Shorthouse arrived in North America very early:
Shorthouse Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Thomas Shorthouse who arrived in Philadelphia in 1797
Shorthouse Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Thomas Shorthouse, who arrived in New York in 1822
- Samuel Shorthouse, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1856 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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Shorthouse (post 1700)
- Joseph Henry Shorthouse (1834-1903), English novelist, best remembered for his first book "John Inglesant"