Vernon William Spear

26 March 1937–12 December 2011 (Age 74)
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

The Life of Vernon William

When Vernon William Spear was born on 26 March 1937, in Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa, his father, Frederick John Spear, was 45 and his mother, Georgina Stanley Miller, was 39. He died on 12 December 2011, in Port Elizabeth, Cape Province, South Africa, at the age of 74.

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Frederick John Spear
Georgina Stanley Miller
Georgina Stanley Spear
Frederick John Spear
Yvonne Faith Caroline Spear
Vernon William Spear

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World Events (8)


Age 2

South Africa supports Allies in World War II.

Age 12

Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Act.

Age 22

Pan-Africanist Congress established.

Name Meaning

English: from Middle English spere ‘spear’, hence a nickname for a tall, thin person, or else for a skilled user of the hunting spear. In part it may also have been a metonymic occupational name for a maker of spears

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

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Sources (2)

  • Vernon William Spear in household of Frederick John Spear, "Utah, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records, 1914-1960"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Vernon William Spear - Individual or family possessions: death: 12 December 2011; Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa

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