William Dixon Willan

Male27 May 1887–28 January 1947

Brief Life History of William Dixon

When William Dixon Willan was born on 27 May 1887, in Blyth, Northumberland, England, United Kingdom, his father, John Willan, was 47 and his mother, Isabella Dixon, was 42. He had at least 4 sons and 1 daughter with Lydia Jessie Rowsell. He lived in Bedlington, Northumberland, England, United Kingdom in 1901 and Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada in 1911. He died on 28 January 1947, in Kamloops, Thompson-Nicola, British Columbia, Canada, at the age of 59, and was buried in Pleasant Street Cemetery, Kamloops, Thompson-Nicola, British Columbia, Canada.

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William Dixon Willan
Lydia Jessie Rowsell
Evelyn Beatrice Willian
William Harold Willan
Fredrick John Willan
Wilfred Dixon Willan
Francis Sidney Willan

Sources (10)

  • William D Willan in household of John F Willan, "Canada Census, 1911"
  • William Dixon Willan, "England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008"
  • W. Dixon Willan, "BillionGraves Index"

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World Events (6)


Age 21

London, United Kingdom hosts Summer Olympic Games.

1909 · First Canadian Flight

Age 22

The Silver Dart was the first recorded flight in Canada. It took off from Baddeck, Nova Scotia, on February 23, 1909, and was piloted by John Alexander Douglas McCurdy.


Age 31

WWI ends in November with armistice. The number of UK war dead runs to several hundred thousand.

Name Meaning

English (northern): of Norman origin, from the Middle English and Old French personal name Willan (from ancient Germanic Wiland, a variant of the name seen in Wieland ). Sometimes, perhaps, from Willin as a diminutive of Will , a pet form of William .

German: possibly a variant of Wielan (see Wieland ). This surname is very rare in Germany.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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