What does the name Barker mean?
The origin of the surname Barker is English and has been found in records as early as 1200. Barker is an occupational surname that refers to those who stripped and prepared bark for use in the tanning process, and their descendants. The Barker name is more prevalent in the north of the country than in the south, where 'Tanner' is more frequently seen. A less common believed origin of this name is the Old French 'Berchier' (shepherd), and a Norman family 'Le Bercher' are thought to have been the progenitors of a number of notable Barker lines.
The earliest occurrence of the Barker surname in our family history documents is from 1390, and we currently have 1,673,547 records where Barker appears.
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Typical jobs for Barkers
Hard-working people, the Barkers. 1861 worked as labourers, according to the 1901 Census.
Where most Barkers lived
In the 1900s, you’d probably bump into a Barker in Yorkshire.
Barkers’ criminal history
How do we put this... Not all Barkers were angels, apparently. We found 2079 in criminal records.
Barkers in World War I
According to the World War I records, 2949 Barkers served in the First World War.