Baker Family History

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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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Baker Family Origin

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Baker Family Occupations

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

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Carpenter


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Baker Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3 million census records available for the last name Baker. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Baker 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 253,000 immigration records available for the last name Baker. 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 478,000 military records available for the last name Baker. For the veterans among your Baker ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Baker Life Expectancy

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Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, 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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