Short Family History
Short Name Meaning
English: nickname for a short person from Middle English short ‘short’ (Old English sceort). English: topographic name for someone who lived at a detached or cut-off piece of land (Middle English shorte shirte from Old English scierte scerte scyrte) or else a habitational name from a place so named such as Shoart in Harbeldown (Kent) and Shuart in Saint Nicholas at Wade (Kent). Compare Shorter . Irish and Scottish: adopted for Gaelic Mac an Gheairr Mac an Ghirr ‘son of the short man’ (see McGirr ). Americanized form (translation into English) of German Kurz .
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022