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 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Baker. 31% of Baker men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Baker women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Baker were Clerk and Clerk

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Stenographer
  • Housekeeper
  • Income
  • Clerk

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

Baker Historical Records

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Census Record

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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 Canada, 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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