William Shakespeare

Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom

The Life of William

When William Shakespeare was born in 1873, in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom, his father, Richard David Shakespeare, was 29 and his mother, Mary Ann Munn, was 35.

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Richard David Shakespeare
Mary Ann Munn
Robert Vernon Shakespear
Richard Shakespeare
William Henry Shakespear
William Shakespeare
James Shakespeare

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World Events (3)

1880 · School Attendance Becomes Mandatory for Children

Age 7

School attendance became compulsory from ages five to ten on August 2, 1880.

Age 11

Art Nouveau Period (Art and Antiques).

Age 35

London, United Kingdom hosts Summer Olympic Games.

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 Shakespear in household of Richard Shakespear, "England and Wales Census, 1881"
  • 1881 Census Richard D Shakespeare

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