5 May 1588–31 July 1613 Goudhurst, Kent, England, United Kingdom
The Life of Thomas
When Thomas Baker was christened on 5 May 1588, in Goudhurst, Kent, England, United Kingdom, his father, Richard Baker, was 24 and his mother, Thomaszine Westwood, was 24. He died on 31 July 1613, in England, United Kingdom, at the age of 25.
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 ).