When Obediah Short was born in 1761, in Halifax, Halifax, Virginia, United States, his father, John C. Short, was 25 and his mother, Elizabeth Echols, was 18. He married Mary Jackson on 10 October 1783, in Lincoln, Kentucky, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 3 daughters. He died on 3 December 1795, in Washington, Kentucky, United States, at the age of 34.
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 ).