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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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Where is the Back family from?

You can see how Back families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Back family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Back families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 14 Back families living in Kentucky. This was about 19% of all the recorded Back's in the USA. Kentucky and 1 other state had the highest population of Back families in 1840.
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What did your Back ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Back. 18% of Back men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Back women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Back were Carpenter and Clerk.

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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
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Housewife
  • Teacher
  • Clerk
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There are 103,000 census records available for the last name Back. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Back 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 16,000 immigration records available for the last name Back. 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 Back. For the veterans among your Back ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Back lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, 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.

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