When Reverend Thomas Baker was born on 28 September 1771, in Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Thomas Baker, was 38 and his mother, Beulah Dakin, was 36. He married Jerusha Waldo on 25 March 1799, in Alstead, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 4 daughters. He died on 4 October 1850, in Highland Township, Oakland, Michigan, United States, at the age of 79, and was buried in Highland, Oakland, Michigan, 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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