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Barker Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a tanner of leather from Middle English barkere ‘tanner’ tree bark having been used as the tanning agent. English: occupational name for a shepherd from Middle English berker bercher (Old French berchier bercher berkier berker Late Latin berbicarius from berbex ‘ram’ genitive berbicis). With the change of -ar- to -er- in Middle English this became indistinguishable from the preceding name (see 1 above). Americanized form of German Berger or Barger .

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


Similar surnames: Marker, Barber, Banker, Baker, Harker, Backer, Parker, Karner, Walker

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Where is the Barker family from?

You can see how Barker families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Barker family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Barker families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 403 Barker families living in New York. This was about 22% of all the recorded Barker's in USA. New York had the highest population of Barker families in 1840.
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What did your Barker ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Barker. 16% of Barker men worked as a Farmer and 7% of Barker women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Barker 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

  • Farmer
    16%
  • Laborer
    14%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Teacher
    6%
  • Stenographer
    5%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 91,000 immigration records available for the last name Barker. 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 128,000 military records available for the last name Barker. For the veterans among your Barker ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Barker lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Barker life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Barker in 1942 was 22, and 74 in 2004.

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