Anglo-Saxon name. It was a name given to a person who was a person who was given the nickname of Short-hose, 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
Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest in 1066.
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
Shorthouse Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Shorthouse (post 1700)
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