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BAKER - Name Meaning & Origin


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BAKER Surname Meaning & Origin:

Baker is an occupational surname which originated in medieval times from the name of the trade, baker. From the Middle English bakere and Old English bæcere, a derivation of bacan, meaning "to dry by heat." The bearer of this name may not only have been a baker of bread. The name was also used for other involved with baking in some way, including the owner of a communal oven in humbler communities.

Baker may also be an Americanized version of similar sounding surnames from other countries, including the German Bäcker and Becker; Dutch Bakker and Bakmann; and the French Boulanger.

Baker is the 38th most popular surname in the United States and the 37th most common surname in England.

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100 Most Common U.S. Surnames & Their Meanings
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Baker Family History and Genealogy
Pictures, documents and stories for the descendants of Reason Baker of Rowan County, NC. There are also genealogies for a number of other early Baker lines.

Baker DNA Study
Over 300 male Baker descendants from around the world have already submitted their DNA to this project in order to determine "who connects to whom."

Baker Family Genealogy Forum
Search this popular genealogy forum for the Baker surname to find others who might be researching your ancestors, or post your own Baker query.

FamilySearch - BAKER Genealogy
Find records, queries, and lineage-linked family trees posted for the Baker surname and its variations.

BAKER Surname & Family Mailing Lists
RootsWeb hosts several free mailing lists for researchers of the Baker surname.

Cousin Connect - BAKER Genealogy Queries
Read or post genealogy queries for the surname Baker, and sign up for free notification when new Baker queries are added.

DistantCousin.com - BAKER Genealogy & Family History
Free databases and genealogy links for the last name Baker.

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References: Surname Meanings & Origins

Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Menk, Lars. A Dictionary of German Jewish Surnames. Avotaynu, 2005.

Beider, Alexander. A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia. Avotaynu, 2004.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.

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