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Shakespeare, Williamlocked

(1564–1616)
  • Sidney Lee

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Shakespeare, William(1564–1616), Distribution of the name.dramatist and poet, came of a family whose surname was borne through the middle ages by residents in very many parts of England—at Penrith in Cumberland, at Kirkland and Doncaster in Yorkshire, as well as in nearly all the midland counties. The surname had originally a martial significance, implying capacity in the wielding of the spear (...

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