Shorter Family History

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Shorter Name Meaning

English: from the comparative form of Middle English schort ‘short’, hence a distinguishing nickname for the shorter of two closely associated people with the same personal name (for example, members of the same household).

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

Similar surnames: Short, Sorter, Hoster, Horter, Porter, Storer, Shorey, Souter, Shorty

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Shorter Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Shorter name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


  • Germanic Europe


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Shorter Family Origin

Where is the Shorter family from?

Shorter Family Occupations

What did your Shorter ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Shorter family was Keeping House. Farmer, Laborer and Farm Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Shorter. The most common Shorter occupation in the USA was Farmer. 35% of Shorter's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Farm Laborer

  • Keeping House


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

Shorter Historical Records

What Shorter family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 56,000 census records available for the last name Shorter. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Shorter 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Shorter. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 7,000 military records available for the last name Shorter. For the veterans among your Shorter ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Shorter Life Expectancy

What is the average Shorter lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Shorter life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1962. The average life expectancy for Shorter in 1941 was 32, and 69 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Shorter

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Shorter 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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