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Baker Family History

Baker Name Meaning
English: occupational name, from Middle English bakere, Old English bæcere, a derivative of bacan ‘to bake’. It may have been used for someone whose special task in the kitchen of a great house or castle was the baking of bread, but since most humbler households did their own baking in the Middle Ages, it may also have referred to the owner of a communal oven used by the whole village. The right to be in charge of this and exact money or loaves in return for its use was in many parts of the country a hereditary feudal privilege. Compare Miller. Less often the surname may have been acquired by someone noted for baking particularly fine bread or by a baker of pottery or bricks.Americanized form of cognates or equivalents in many other languages, for example German Bäcker, Becker; Dutch Bakker, Bakmann; French Boulanger. For other forms see Hanks and Hodges (1988).

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

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Name Distribution of Baker Families

  • Number of Baker families
     2,396 - 4,789
     799 - 2,395
     1 - 798
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Baker families
     6,020 - 12,037
     2,007 - 6,019
     1 - 2,006
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Baker families
     122 - 242
     41 - 121
     1 - 40
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Baker Family Origin

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Baker Immigration Information

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Baker Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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