William Archibald Shakespeare

West Derby, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom

The Life of William Archibald

When William Archibald Shakespeare was born in October 1881, in West Derby, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom, his father, James David Shakespeare, was 23 and his mother, Annie Shakespeare, was 30.

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James David Shakespeare
Annie Shakespeare
William Archibald Shakespeare
Herbert Shakespeare

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World Events (8)


Age 3

Art Nouveau Period (Art and Antiques).
1896 · Palm House Opens

Age 15

In 1896, the Palm House opened. It was designed by Mackenzie and Moncur of Edinburgh. It was designed in the tradition of Joseph Paxton's glass houses and originally had a rich collection of exotic plants.

Age 33

Outbreak of World War I. UK enters hostilities against Germany. Grueling trench warfare in Belgium and France.

Name Meaning

English: from Middle English schak(k)en ‘to brandish’ + speer ‘spear’, nickname for a belligerent person or perhaps a bawdy nickname for an exhibitionist or womanizer.

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

Sources (2)

  • William Archibald Shakespeare, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
  • 1891 Wales Census

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