The name Shortridge is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It was a name for someone who was a person of "short council" derived from the Old English words scoeri + roed. The name may also have been derived from physical characteristics as in short.
In this case the surname Shortridge 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 Shortridge family
The surname Shortridge was first found in Essex
where Simon Shortrad(e) was listed in the Rotuli Hundredorum
of 1274. Some of the family moved to Yorkshire
where in 1327, the Subsidy Rolls
list a similar spelling of the name. Thomas de Shortrig was listed in 1330 and later Henry de Shortrugg was listed in 1333.
Early History of the Shortridge family
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Shortridge Spelling Variations
Shortridge has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Shortridge have been found, including Shortridge, Shortrig, Shortrick, Shortrigg, Shortreed and many more.
Early Notables of the Shortridge family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Shortridge family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Shortridges to arrive on North American shores:
Shortridge Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Jeffrey Shortridge, who landed in Jamestown, Va in 1607 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)
Shortridge Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- F. W Shortridge, aged 42, who emigrated to the United States, in 1892
- Fred. H. Shortridge, aged 45, who emigrated to the United States, in 1895
- E. Mabel Shortridge, aged 19, who settled in America, in 1895
- May A. Shortridge, aged 58, who emigrated to America, in 1895
Shortridge Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Annie Shortridge, aged 68, who emigrated to the United States from Glasgow, in 1905
- L. Ellen Shortridge, aged 58, who landed in America, in 1907
- Ellen Shortridge, who landed in America, in 1910
- Fanny Shortridge, who settled in America, in 1911
- Thomas Shortridge, aged 62, who emigrated to the United States, in 1911
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Contemporary Notables of the name Shortridge (post 1700)
- Tom Shortridge, American award-winning video producer for NASA
- Abram C. Shortridge, American school superintendent, eponym of Shortridge High School, Indianapolis, Indiana
- Clara Shortridge Foltz (1849-1934), American first female lawyer on the West Coast, sister of Samuel M. Shortridge, eponym of the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center, Los Angeles
- Jennie Shortridge (b. 1959), American best-selling novelist and off-and-on musician
- Eli C. D. Shortridge (1830-1908), American politician
- Stephen Shortridge (b. 1953), American actor who has appeared in more than 20 film and television projects
- Samuel Morgan Shortridge (1861-1952), American Republican Senator
- Sir Jon Shortridge KCB (b. 1947), British Civil Servant, Permanent Secretary of the Welsh Office in 1999
- Clara Shortridge Foltz (1849-1934), American who was the first female lawyer on the West Coast