Back Name Meaning

English: from Middle English bakke ‘back’ (Old English bæc), hence a nickname for someone with a hunched back or some other noticeable peculiarity of the back or spine, or a topographic name for someone who lived on a hill or ridge, or at the rear of a settlement. English: from the Old English personal name Bacca, which was still in use in the 12th century. It is of uncertain origin, but may have been a byname in the same sense as 1. English: nickname from Middle English bakke ‘bat’ (apparently of Scandinavian origin), from some fancied resemblance to the animal. Altered spelling of Bach 1, 2, or 6. North German: from Middle Low German back ‘kneading trough’, hence a metonymic occupational name for someone who made or used such vessels. Americanized spelling of Norwegian Bakk(e) (see Bakke).

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


Similar surnames: Beck, Buck, Bick, Bach, Bank, Bark, Black, Sack, Pack, Hack

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Back Family Origin

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Back Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    38%
  • Keeping House

    6%
  • Carpenter

    4%
  • Laborer

    4%

In 1880, Farmer, Keeping House and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Back. A less common occupation for the Back family was Laborer. The most common Back occupation in the USA was Farmer. 38% of Back's were Farmers.

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United States

Between 1943 and 2004, Back life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Back in 1943 was 32, and 72 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Back

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