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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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