William John English was born on 27 October 1872, in Camden, New South Wales, Australia as the son of James Joseph English. 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 on 22 July 1944, in his hometown, at the age of 71, and was buried in Narellan Cemetery, Narellan, New South Wales, Australia.
English, Scottish, and Welsh: ethnic name from Middle English English, Inglish, Inglis ‘English’ (Old English Englisc), sometimes alternating with Anglo-Norman French Engleis, Engles, Anglais, Angles (Old French Englois). Compare Inglis and England . Among the aristocracy and upper gentry it marked out a man of English ancestry from one of Norman or continental origin. In counties bordering England with Scotland and Wales the name distinguished an Englishman from a Scot or a native Welshman on both sides of the border. The name may also have been acquired by English merchants who traded abroad or who lived and worked in a ‘French’ borough in England (one exclusively administered by Normans).
Irish: in Ireland, this name was used to denote an Englishman, often being adopted for Irish Aingléis ‘Englishman’ or through mistranslation for Mac an Ghallóglaigh, see Gallogly and Golightly .