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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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Back Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Back name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Back. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Sweden


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Back Family Origin

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Back Family Occupations

What did your Back ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Agricultural Labourer, Labourer and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Back. A less common occupation for the Back family was Charwoman. The most common Back occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 5% of Back's were Agricultural Labourers.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Labourer

  • Carpenter

  • Charwoman


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Back ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Back Historical Records

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Census Record

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 List

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 UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

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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Back Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Back ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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