Rafael Antonio Ponce

about 1932–2012 (Age 80)
San Vicente, El Salvador

The Life of Rafael Antonio

When Rafael Antonio Ponce was born about 1932, in San Vicente, El Salvador, his father, Gonzalo Jovel, was 24 and his mother, Maria Ester Ponce, was 45. He died in 2012, in his hometown, at the age of 80.

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Family Time Line

Gonzalo Jovel
1908–
Maria Ester Ponce
1887–1990
Rafael Antonio Ponce
1932–2012

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World Events (3)

1969

Age 37

El Salvador fights a brief war with Honduras. Thousands of Salvadoran illegal immigrants are evicted from Honduras. El Salvador retaliates.
1977

Age 45

Anti-government guerrilla activities intensify. Reports of increased human rights violations by government troops and death squads. General Carlos Romero is elected president.
1977

Age 45

Jesuit priest Rutilio Grande, S. J. is assassinated by a death squad.

Name Meaning

Spanish and French: from the medieval personal name Ponce, ultimately from Pontius, a Roman family name of uncertain origin, perhaps an ethnic name for someone from Pontus (named with Greek pontos ‘ocean’) in Asia Minor, or an Italic cognate of Latin Quintus ‘fifth’ (i.e. ‘fifthborn’). The name was borne by two 3rdcentury saints, a Carthaginian deacon and a martyr of Nice, but was not widely popular in the Middle Ages because of the inhibiting influence of the even more famous Pontius Pilate. In some cases, though, the surname may have been originally used for someone who had played the part of this character in a religious play.

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

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