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Shakespeare 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.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Makepeace, Hastert, Rakestraw, Blakeslee, Speare, Saenger, Shephard

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Shakespeare Family Origin

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Shakespeare Family Occupations

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  • Coal Miner

    7%
  • Tailor

    3%
  • Blacksmith

    2%
  • Labourer

    2%

In 1881, the most common Shakespeare occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 7% of Shakespeare's were Coal Miners. A less common occupation for the Shakespeare family was Labourer. Coal Miner, Tailor and Blacksmith were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Shakespeare.

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Shakespeare Historical Records

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Shakespeare Life Expectancy

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