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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

Similar surnames: Shera, Sword, Shortt, Shore, Horn, Shorty, Shorb, Scott, Shott

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Where is the Short family from?

You can see how Short families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Short family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Short families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 503 Short families living in Ontario. This was about 54% of all the recorded Short's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Short families in 1911.
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What did your Short ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Short. 34% of Short men worked as a Farmer and 21% of Short women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Short were Laborer and Teacher. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Clerk
  • Laborer

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Housekeeper
  • Stenographer
  • Clerk
  • Teacher
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Census Records

There are 474,000 census records available for the last name Short. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Short census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 52,000 immigration records available for the last name Short. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 78,000 military records available for the last name Short. For the veterans among your Short ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Short lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Short life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Short in 1941 was 32, and 73 in 2004.

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