1. English: occupational name, from Middle English bakere, Old English bæcere, a derivative of bacan ‘to bake’. It may have been used for someone whose special task in the kitchen of a great house or castle was the baking of bread, but since most humbler households did their own baking in the Middle Ages, it may also have referred to the owner of a communal oven used by the whole village. The right to be in charge of this and exact money or loaves in return for its use was in many parts of the country a hereditary feudal privilege. Compare Miller. Less often the surname may have been acquired by someone noted for baking particularly fine bread or by a baker of pottery or bricks.
2. Americanized form of cognates or equivalents in many other languages, for example German Bäcker, Becker; Dutch Bakker, Bakmann; French Boulanger. For other forms see Hanks and Hodges (1988).
Baker (janet brand)
Wayne Bakers grandfather William Baker came from the Netherlands. The real name was Bakker and someone took the k out so we have no relatives with the Baker name.
- http://www.stirnet.com/genie/data/british/bb4ae/baker01.php <originated in Kent> (membership required to view without interruption)
- http://www.stirnet.com/genie/data/british/bb4ae/baker02.php <originated in Worcestershire, branched into Kent> (membership required to view without interruption)
- http://www.stirnet.com/genie/data/british/bb4ae/baker03.php <originated in Sussex, branched into Kent> (membership required to view without interruption)
- http://www.stirnet.com/genie/data/british/bb4ae/baker04.php <in Co. Durham, possibly related to family in Devon immediately below> (membership required to view without interruption)
- http://www.stirnet.com/genie/data/british/zwrk/temp79.php#baker1 <in Devon, possibly related to family in Co. Durham immediately above> (membership required to view without interruption)
- http://www.stirnet.com/genie/data/british/zwrk/temp89.php#baker1 <apparently originated in Shropshire> (membership required to view without interruption)