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Baker Name Meaning

English: occupational name, from Middle English bakere, Old English bæcere, a derivative of bacan ‘to bake’. It may have been used for someone whose special task in the kitchen of a great house or castle was the baking of bread, but since most humbler households did their own baking in the Middle Ages, it may also have referred to the owner of a communal oven used by the whole village. The right to be in charge of this and exact money or loaves in return for its use was in many parts of the country a hereditary feudal privilege. Compare Miller. Less often the surname may have been acquired by someone noted for baking particularly fine bread or by a baker of pottery or bricks. Americanized form of cognates or equivalents in many other languages, for example German Bäcker, Becker; Dutch Bakker, Bakmann; French Boulanger. For other forms see Hanks and Hodges (1988).

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


Similar surnames: Baer, Bauer, Backer, Barker, Bader, Banker, Bakker, Bake, Hayer

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You can see how Baker families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Baker family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Baker families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 1,317 Baker families living in New York. This was about 20% of all the recorded Baker's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Baker families in 1840.
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What did your Baker ancestors do for a living?

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

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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
    15%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Maid
    6%
  • Teacher
    5%
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There are 478,000 military records available for the last name Baker. For the veterans among your Baker ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Baker lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Baker life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Baker in 1940 was 45, and 74 in 2004.

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