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Origins of the Baker surname

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What does the name Baker mean?

The origin of the Baker surname is thought to be Anglo-Saxon and have come from the English-Scottish border region, though it is common enough to have spread across Britain and the English-speaking world. Baker is an occupational name, coming from the Old English word 'baecere', which means to dry with heat. Early holders may not have only baked bread, and may also have owned a communal oven. The term 'bakster' was the female form of this, and variants have arisen along the same lines.

Alternative variations of the name Baker

Baker, Backer, Baiker, Bakere, Bakers

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Where do most Bakers live?

In 1921, most Bakers lived in London.

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How common is your surname?

33rd most common surname in the UK

We have 694,000 records for the Baker surname. The oldest one dates back to 1220.

Who were Bakers most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Baker first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Bakers

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Bakers in 1921




Domestic Servant


General Servant Domestic


General Servant


Common Male occupations for Bakers in 1921
Agricultural Labourer


General Labourer




Farm Labourer




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