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Backer Name Meaning

North German (Bäcker) and Dutch: variant of Becker. Northern English: topographic name for someone who lived on a hill or at the rear of a settlement, from Middle English bakke ‘back’, ‘spine’ + the suffix -er denoting an inhabitant. Danish and Norwegian: probably of German origin (see 1), but in Norway this is also a spelling variant of the habitational name Bakker.

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

Similar surnames: Bacher, Banker, Bicker, Baker, Acker, Hacker, Bakker, Backe, Blacker

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Where is the Backer family from?

You can see how Backer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Backer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Backer families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 170 Backer families living in Yorkshire. This was about 21% of all the recorded Backer's in United Kingdom. Yorkshire had the highest population of Backer families in 1891.
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What did your Backer ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Dental Mechanic and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Backer. 25% of Backer men worked as a Dental Mechanic and 80% of Backer women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Backer were Gardener and Unpaid Domestic. .

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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 1939

  • Dental Mechanic
  • Bus Driver
  • Lighterman Heavy Wor
  • Gardener

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Unpaid Domestic
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Census Records

There are 48,000 census records available for the last name Backer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Backer 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 11,000 immigration records available for the last name Backer. 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 Cards

There are 7,000 military records available for the last name Backer. For the veterans among your Backer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Backer lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Backer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Backer in 1945 was 46, and 76 in 2004.

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