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Baxter Family History

Baxter Name Meaning

English: occupational name from Middle English baxter ‘baker’ (from Old English bæcestre ‘baker’ earlier ‘female baker’ the feminine equivalent of bæcere). Compare Baker .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Bater, Baker, Balter, Balmer, Paster, Barber, Easter, Cater, Banter

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Where is the Baxter family from?

You can see how Baxter families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Baxter family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Baxter families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 189 Baxter families living in New York. This was about 24% of all the recorded Baxter's in USA. New York had the highest population of Baxter families in 1840.
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What did your Baxter ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Baxter. 15% of Baxter men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Baxter women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Baxter were Truck Driver and Stenographer. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper
  • Housewife
  • Stenographer
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Census Records

There are 580,000 census records available for the last name Baxter. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Baxter census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 180,000 immigration records available for the last name Baxter. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 69,000 military records available for the last name Baxter. For the veterans among your Baxter ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Baxter lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Baxter life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Baxter in 1940 was 35, and 75 in 2004.

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