When John Caleb Walton Baker was born on 25 April 1833, in Cumberland, Kentucky, United States, his father, John Walton Baker, was 34 and his mother, Elizabeth Cobb Baker, was 26. He married Helen Jane Claywell on 12 March 1855, in Cumberland, Kentucky, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 7 daughters. He lived in Park City, Barren, Kentucky, United States in 1880 and Magisterial District 1, Barren, Kentucky, United States in 1910. He died on 16 March 1912, in Glasgow, Barren, Kentucky, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Glasgow, Barren, Kentucky, United States.
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.
Americanized form (translation into English) of surnames meaning ‘baker’, for example Dutch Bakker , German Becker and Beck , French Boulanger and Bélanger (see Belanger ), Czech Pekař, Slovak Pekár, and Croatian Pekar .
History: Baker was established as an early immigrant surname in Puritan New England. Among others, two men called Remember Baker (father and son) lived at Woodbury, CT, in the early 17th century, and an Alexander Baker arrived in Boston, MA, in 1635.
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