Shortiss History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Shortiss 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.

Early Origins of the Shortiss family

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

Early History of the Shortiss family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shortiss research. Another 59 words (4 lines of text) covering the year 1505 is included under the topic Early Shortiss History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Shortiss 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 Shortiss has undergone many spelling variations, including Shorthouse, Shortus, Shorthose, Shortis and others.

Early Notables of the Shortiss family (pre 1700)

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United States Shortiss migration to the United States +

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Shortiss were among those contributors:

Shortiss Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Shortiss, who arrived in New York in 1834 [1]


  1. ^ 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)


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