William John English

1871–1944 (Age 73)
Camden, New South Wales, Australia

The Life of William John

When William John English was born in 1871, in Camden, New South Wales, Australia, his father, James Joseph English, was 23 and his mother, Mary Matilda Barrett, was 26. He married Rosanna Margaret Bugden on 23 May 1895, in Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 2 daughters. He died in 1944, in his hometown, at the age of 73.

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William John English
Rosanna Margaret Bugden
Marriage: 23 May 1895
William J English
Sidney Joseph English
Fanny May English
Albert Ernest English
Florence Helena English
Jack Edward English

Spouse and Children

23 May 1895
Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia


+1 More Child

Parents and Siblings

    James Joseph English


    Mary Matilda Barrett




World Events (7)


Age 6

Australia and England play the first-ever cricket Test match in Melbourne.

Age 21

Coolgardie gold-field is discovered.

Age 30

First Federal election.

Name Meaning

1 English: from Old English Englisc. The word had originally distinguished Angles ( see Engel ) from Saxons and other Germanic peoples in the British Isles, but by the time surnames were being acquired it no longer had this meaning. Its frequency as an English surname is somewhat surprising. It may have been commonly used in the early Middle Ages as a distinguishing epithet for an Anglo-Saxon in areas where the culture was not predominantly English—for example the Danelaw area, Scotland, and parts of Wales—or as a distinguishing name after 1066 for a non-Norman in the regions of most intensive Norman settlement. However, explicit evidence for these assumptions is lacking, and at the present day the surname is fairly evenly distributed throughout the country.2 Irish: see Golightly .

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

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Sources (2)

  • William John English in entry for William John English and Beatrice Weekes, "England Marriages, 1538–1973 "
  • NSW Death Index

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