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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.

The earliest occurrence of the Baker surname in our family history documents is from 1380, and we currently have 4,242,733 records where Baker appears.

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