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Backman Name Meaning

Swedish: ornamental name composed of the elements back(e) ‘hill’ + man ‘man’. Swedish (Bäckman): ornamental name composed of the elements bäck ‘stream’ + man ‘man’. Compare Beckman . Americanized form of German Backmann: occupational name for a baker or employee of a master baker from backen ‘to bake’ + man(n) ‘man’. Americanized form of German and Swiss German Bachmann . English (Essex and Middlesex): from Middle English bak-man ‘maker or seller of pastries tarts or pies’ (Old English gebæc ‘baked goods bakemeats’ + mann ‘man’). Compare Baker .

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

Similar surnames: Beckman, Hackman, Jackman, Barkman, Packman, Buckman, Bachman

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Where is the Backman family from?

You can see how Backman families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Backman family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Backman families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 22 Backman families living in New York. This was about 59% of all the recorded Backman's in USA. New York had the highest population of Backman families in 1840.
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What did your Backman ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Backman. 13% of Backman men worked as a Farmer and 13% of Backman women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Backman were Carpenter and Housekeeper. .

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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

  • Stenographer
  • Housewife
  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

There are 29,000 census records available for the last name Backman. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Backman 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 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Backman. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Backman. For the veterans among your Backman ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Backman lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Backman life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Backman in 1953 was 45, and 72 in 2004.

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