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    Baker

    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).
     

    Miller

    1. English and Scottish: occupational name for a miller. The standard modern vocabulary word represents the northern Middle English term, an agent derivative of mille ‘mill’, reinforced by Old Norse mylnari (see Milner). In southern, western, and central England Millward (literally, ‘mill keeper’) was the usual term. The American surname has absorbed many cognate surnames from other European languages, for example French Meunier, Dumoulin, Demoulins, and Moulin; German Mueller; Dutch Molenaar; Italian Molinaro; Spanish Molinero; Hungarian Molnár; Slavic Mlinar, etc.
    2. Southwestern and Swiss German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Müller.

    Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4

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    Top Places of Origin for Baker
    Place of
    Origin
    Baker Immigrants
    England 1951
    Ireland 539
    Great Britain 315
    Germany 272
    Scotland 57
    Preussen 36
    Compiled by Ancestry.com from the New York Passenger Lists

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    Ports of Departure for Baker
    Port Baker Immigrants
    Liverpool, England and Queenstown, Ireland 1833
    Liverpool, England 1290
    Aspinwall, Panama 471
    London, England 404
    Antwerp, Belgium 130
    Le Havre, France 116
    Compiled by Ancestry.com from the New York Passenger Lists

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    Top Occupations for Baker in 1880

    Compiled by Ancestry.com for head of households from the 1880 US Federal Census records

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