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Shorty Family History

Shorty Name Meaning

Native American (Navajo): translation into English (and shortening) of a personal name based on (or just composed of) a Navajo word meaning ‘little (one) small’ (see Yazzie ). Compare Little 4 and Shortman . Altered form of English Short or Shorter or of some other similar (like-sounding) surname. The surname of this (or perhaps of different) origin is most common among African Americans; as such it may have originally been a genuine nickname for a short person (and not an altered form of an English surname).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Shorts, Shortt, Short, Shirts, Shorter, Shorey, Shirey, Sorby, Horry

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Where is the Shorty family from?

You can see how Shorty families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Shorty family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Shorty families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 6 Shorty families living in London. This was about 75% of all the recorded Shorty's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Shorty families in 1891.
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What did your Shorty ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Weaver were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Shorty. 39% of Shorty men worked as a Farmer and 60% of Shorty women worked as a Weaver. Some less common occupations for Americans named Shorty were Tractor Operator and Housewife. .

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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.

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Labor
  • Tractor Operator

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Weaver
  • Stenographer
  • Cook
  • Housewife
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Shorty. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Shorty 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 93 immigration records available for the last name Shorty. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 966 military records available for the last name Shorty. For the veterans among your Shorty ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Shorty lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Shorty life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1965. The average life expectancy for Shorty in 1945 was 53, and 75 in 2004.

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