William Edward Young Araiza

Male9 August 1916–10 June 1977

Brief Life History of William Edward Young

When William Edward Young Araiza was born on 9 August 1916, in Ontario, San Bernardino, California, United States, his father, William Edward Araiza, was 31 and his mother, Mary Arazia Young, was 25. He lived in Ontario Judicial Township, San Bernardino, California, United States in 1940. He died on 10 June 1977, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 60, and was buried in Ontario, San Bernardino, California, United States.

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William Edward Araiza
Mary Arazia Young
William Edward Young Araiza

Sources (24)

  • William E Araiza, "United States 1950 Census"
  • William E Araiza, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
  • William Edward Araiza, "California, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1940-1945"

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World Events (8)


Age 1

U.S. intervenes in World War I, rejects membership of League of Nations.

1917 · Joining the First World War

Age 1

Starting with the sinking of the RMS Lusitania, which killed 128 American citizens, and many other conflicts with trade from Germany. Congress held a special meeting that resulted in The United States declaring war on Germany. Formally entering the First World War.

1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

Age 18

Alcatraz Island officially became Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary on August 11, 1934. The island is situated in the middle of frigid water and strong currents of the San Francisco Bay, which deemed it virtually inescapable. Alcatraz became known as the toughest prison in America and was seen as a “last resort prison.” Therefore, Alcatraz housed some of America’s most notorious prisoners such as Al Capone and Robert Franklin Stroud. Due to the exorbitant cost of running the prison, and the deterioration of the buildings due to salt spray, Alcatraz Island closed as a penitentiary on March 21, 1963. 

Name Meaning

Some characteristic forenames: Spanish Jose, Juan, Jesus, Alicia, Luis, Miguel, Rafael, Raul, Rodolfo, Carlos, Cesar, Francisco.

Hispanic (mainly Mexico): probably an altered form of Basque Araiz, itself a Castilianized form of a topographic name from ara, haran ‘valley’ + -itz, a common topographic suffix, hence meaning ‘place in the valley’.

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

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