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 Shortrig 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 Shortrig family
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 of Yorkshire 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 Shortrig family
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Shortrig Spelling Variations
Shortrig 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 Shortrig have been found, including Shortridge, Shortrig, Shortrick, Shortrigg, Shortreed and many more.
Early Notables of the Shortrig family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Shortrig 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 Shortrigs to arrive on North American shores: James Shortreed, who arrived in New York in 1825; Jeffrey Shortridge, who landed in Jamestown, Va in 1607; F. W Shortridge, aged 42, who arrived at Ellis Island, in 1892.
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