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Origins of the Barker surname

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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.

Alternative variations of the name Barker

Barker, Barkers, Barkess, Barkar, Berker

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Where do most Barkers live?

In 1921, most Barkers lived in Yorkshire.

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Interesting facts about Barkers

How common is your surname?

75th most common surname in the UK

We have 398,000 records for the Barker surname. The oldest one dates back to .

Who were Barkers most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Barker first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Barkers

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

Common Female occupations for Barkers in 1921


Cotton Weaver


Domestic Servant


General Servant Domestic




Common Male occupations for Barkers in 1921
Agricultural Labourer


Coal Miner




General Labourer


Farm Labourer


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