BAKER - Surname Meaning and Origin

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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, the 37th most common surname in England and the 35th most common surname in Australia.

Surname Origin: English

Alternate Surname Spellings: BAKERE

Where do People with the BAKER Surname Live?

The Baker surname is most popular—based on percentage of population—in Australia, according to WorldNames PublicProfiler. It is next most popular in the United Kingdom, especially in southern England, followed by the United States, and New Zealand. The Baker surname is also especially popular in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Forebears ranks Baker as the 740th most common surname in the world, and marking it as most common, based on frequency, in Australia, Jamaica, the United States, Wales and England.

Famous People with the Surname BAKER

  • Ella Baker - American civil rights activist
  • Josephine Baker - jazz singer and Harlem Renaissance figure
  • Gilbert Baker - creator of the gay pride flag
  • Anita Baker - Grammy-winning R&B singer
  • Mary Baker Eddy - American author, teacher and religious leader; founder of Christian Science
  • Henry Baker - assistant US patent examiner dedicated to uncovering the contributions of African American inventors
  • Chet Baker - American jazz trumpeter and singer

Genealogy Resources for the Surname BAKER

100 Most Common U.S. Surnames & Their Meanings
Smith, Johnson, Williams, Jones, Brown... Are you one of the millions of Americans sporting one of these top 100 common last names from the 2000 census?

Baker Family Crest - It's Not What You Think
Contrary to what you may hear, there is no such thing as a coat of arms for the Baker surname. Coats of arms are granted to individuals, not families. Coats of arms may rightfully be used only by the uninterrupted male line descendants of the person to whom the coat of arms was originally granted. 

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." Individuals with the Baker surname and variations passed down through their direct male line are welcome to join the project.

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
Access over 8 million free historical records and lineage-linked family trees posted for the Baker surname and its variations on this free genealogy website hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

BAKER Surname & Family Mailing Lists
RootsWeb hosts several free mailing lists for researchers of the Baker surname. You can either join the list, or browse or search the list archives to research in postings going back more than a decade. - BAKER Genealogy & Family History
Explore databases and genealogy links for the last name Baker.

The Baker Genealogy and Family Tree Page
Browse genealogy records and links to genealogical and historical records for individuals with the Baker surname from the website of Genealogy Today.


References: Surname Meanings & Origins

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

Menk, Lars. "A Dictionary of German Jewish Surnames." Bergenfield, NJ: Avotaynu, 2005.

Beider, Alexander. "A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia." Bergenfield, NJ: Avotaynu, 2004.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. "A Dictionary of Surnames." New York: Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. "Dictionary of American Family Names." New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.

Hoffman, William F. "Polish Surnames: Origins and Meanings." Chicago: Polish Genealogical Society, 1993.

Rymut, Kazimierz. "Nazwiska Polakow." Wroclaw: Zaklad Narodowy im. Ossolinskich - Wydawnictwo, 1991.

Smith, Elsdon C. "American Surnames." Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.

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