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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In 1880, the most common Baker occupation in the USA was Farmer. 39% of Baker's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Baker family was Farming. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Baker.

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  • Farmer

    39%
  • Laborer

    8%
  • Keeping House

    6%
  • Farming

    3%

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Between 1940 and 2004, 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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