When Lydia Short was born on 20 December 1792, in Newburyport, Essex, Massachusetts, United States, her father, Nicholas Noyes Short, was 43 and her mother, Elizabeth Morse, was 40. She married Stephen Merrill on 30 November 1811, in Newburyport, Essex, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 7 daughters. She died on 4 February 1844, at the age of 51.
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 ).