Barker Family History

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Barker Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a tanner of leather, from Middle English bark(en) ‘to tan’, tree bark having been used as the tanning agent. English: occupational name for a shepherd, Anglo-Norman French bercher (Late Latin berbicarius, from berbex ‘ram’, genitive berbicis). With the change of -ar- to -er- in Middle English, this became indistinguishable from the preceding name. Altered spelling of German Barger or Berger.

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

Similar surnames: Marker, Barber, Banker, Baker, Harker, Backer, Parker, Karner, Walker

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Barker Family Origin

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Barker Family Occupations

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

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Farming


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Barker Historical Records

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Barker Life Expectancy

What is the average Barker lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, Barker life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Barker in 1942 was 22, and 74 in 2004.

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