Origin of the Name Baker
The origin of the name Baker
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Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.Variants of the name Baker
include Bakker and Backer. This is an occupational name meaning 'the baker', from a person who made their living baking bread. This name is of Anglo-Saxon descent spreading to the Celtic countries of Ireland, Scotland and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts throughout these countries. Examples of such are a Walter le Baker, County Devonshire, a William le Bakere, County Oxfordshire, and an Alan le Baker, County Sussex, who were all recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls' in the year 1273. A John le Baker was recorded in Kirby's Quest, an ancient document in England, in the reign of Edward III. Names were recorded in these ancient documents to make it easier for their overlords to collect taxes and to keep records of the population at any given time.
In Ireland this name and its variants were introduced into Ulster Province by settlers who arrived from England and Scotland, especially during the seventeenth century. It was the 'Plantations of Ireland' in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries that marked the end of Gaelic supremacy in Ireland. While the influx of settlers in the wake of the earlier Anglo-Norman invasion of the twelfth century resulted in a full integration into Irish society of the new arrivals, the same never occurred with the Ulster Planters who maintained their own distinct identity.
Baker is also on record in Ireland since the thirteenth century as 'le Bakere'.
The Baker coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Baker descendants.