Short Family History

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Short Name Meaning

English: nickname from Middle English schort ‘short’. Scottish and northern Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac an Gheairr, Mac an Ghirr ‘son of the short man’ (see McGirr).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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

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Short Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Short name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Short. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Short Family Origin

Where is the Short family from?

Short Family Occupations

What did your Short ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Coal Miner, Agricultural Labourer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Short. The most common Short occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 5% of Short's were Coal Miners. A less common occupation for the Short family was Farmer.

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  • Coal Miner

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Labourer

  • Farmer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Short ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Short Historical Records

What Short family records will you find?

Census Record

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 List

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

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Draft Card

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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Short Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Short

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Short ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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