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The name Shortis is an ancient Anglo-Saxon name that was 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.

Shortis Early Origins



The surname Shortis was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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Shortis Early History


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Shortis Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shortis research. Another 286 words (20 lines of text) covering the year 1505 is included under the topic Early Shortis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Shortis Spelling Variations


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Shortis Spelling Variations



Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Shortis has undergone many spelling variations, including Shorthouse, Shortus, Shorthose, Shortis and others.

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Shortis Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Shortis Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Shortis Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Michael Shortis, who settled in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland in 1845 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

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