Baker (surname)

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Baker
Language(s)English
Origin
MeaningBaker (occupational)
Region of originEngland and Scottish Borderlands
Other names
Variant form(s)Baxter

Baker is a famous surname of Old English (Anglo-Saxon) origin. From England the surname has spread to neighbouring countries such as Wales, Scotland and Ireland, and also to the English speaking areas of the Americas and Oceania where it is also common. An occupational name, which originated before the 8th century CE, 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 others involved with baking in some way, including the owner of a communal oven in humbler communities, "baker". The female form of the name is "Baxter".[1] which is seen more in Scotland. The old German form of the name ist "Bäcker"

The name, Baker, appeared in many references, and from time to time, the surname was spelt Baker, Bakere and these changes in spelling frequently occurred within the family name. Scribes and church officials spelt the name as it sounded, and frequently the spelling changed even during the person's own lifetime. The family name Baker entered Britain with the Anglo-Saxons, who traditionally are said to have settled Britain from the 5th century CE, although Germanic communities were already well established in Britain long before this time.

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  • Zachary Baker (born 1981), American musician better known as Zacky Vengeance

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  • Backer, a Norwegian surname
  • Bakker, a Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, or Dutch surname

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  1. ^ "Baker at surnamedb.com". Retrieved 2013-10-10.