Baxter Family History

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Baxter Name Meaning

Northern English and Scottish: occupational name from Old English bæcestre ‘baker’, variant (originally a feminine form) of bæcere (see Baker).

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

Similar surnames: Bater, Baker, Balter, Balmer, Paster, Barber, Easter, Cater, Banter

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Baxter Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Baxter name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Baxter. 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


  • Norway


  • France


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Baxter Family Origin

Where is the Baxter family from?

Baxter Family Occupations

What did your Baxter ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Baxter occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 4% of Baxter's were Coal Miners. Coal Miner, Agricultural Labourer and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Baxter. A less common occupation for the Baxter family was Labourer.

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  • Coal Miner

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Labourer


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

Baxter Historical Records

What Baxter family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 580,000 census records available for the last name Baxter. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Baxter 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 180,000 immigration records available for the last name Baxter. 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 Baxter. For the veterans among your Baxter ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Baxter Life Expectancy

What is the average Baxter lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Baxter life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Baxter in 1940 was 35, and 75 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Baxter 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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