Backus Family History

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Backus Name Meaning

English: from Middle English bakehous ‘bakehouse’ (Old English bæchus), hence a topographic name for someone who lived or worked in a bakery. See also German Backhaus. Lithuanian (Backus): from Lithuanian backa ‘barrel’, ‘cask’, hence either a nickname for a short, fat man or an occupational name for a cooper.

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

Similar surnames: Barkus, Back, Banks, Backer, Backes, Baccus, Bachus, Backhaus

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Backus Family Origin

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Backus Family Occupations

What did your Backus ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Bank Clerk and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Backus. 5% of Backus men worked as a Bank Clerk and 45% of Backus women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Backus were Bricklayer Apprentice and Artist

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • Bank Clerk
  • Boiler Maintenance Gas Wks
  • Bookseller
  • Bricklayer Apprentice

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Private Means
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Artist

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Backus Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 37,000 census records available for the last name Backus. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Backus 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Backus. 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 11,000 military records available for the last name Backus. For the veterans among your Backus ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Backus Life Expectancy

What is the average Backus lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Backus life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Backus in 1944 was 34, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Backus

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Backus 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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