Baxter (name)

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Baxter
Family name
Meaning "A baker"
Region of origin England
Language(s) of origin English
Related names Bakster, Baxstar, Baxstair, Baxstare, Baxster
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Baxter is an Anglo-Saxon and Scottish name, originally from the English occupational surname meaning "baker," from the early Middle English bakstere and the Old English bæcere. The form Bakster was originally feminine, with Baker as the masculine equivalent, but over time both names came to apply to both men and women. Ancient variations in the spelling of the surname include Bakster, Baxstar, Baxstair, Baxstare and Baxster.[2][3]

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  • Baxter Black (born 1945), American cowboy, poet, philosopher, former large-animal veterinarian, and radio commentator
  • Baxter Dury, pop singer, son of Ian Dury

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