William Shakespeare is considered by many to be the greatest writer in the English language. He left behind a legacy of 39 plays and 154 sonnets that are still being performed and read today. Just to hear the name “Shakespeare” among someone’s interests is a mark of high intellectual discernment, and used as an adjective, it expresses even more. “Shakespearean” can denote a plot (or even real-life events) of high drama, a lush use of language, or even a mode of dress.
As a name, its origin is straightforward and dates from Old English. Back then, in the 1300s, “shake” meant to brandish or hold, and “spear” is of course a spear. Therefore Shakespeare meant the family’s originator was some anonymous spearman, a soldier.
Being as Shakespeare is held in such high renown, and inhabited a European world moving out of the Renaissance but still not into the Industrial Revolution, he could be a bit character or background fluff in many fantasy worlds. Here are some different names for him to hint that he is pretty much the same character.
Variations on Shakespeare