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The BAKER surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 413,351 38 0.153 1,532
United States (1880 census) 112,366 25 0.225 2,247
Change since 1880 +300985 -13 -0.072 -715
Other Countries
Australia 21,828 35 0.134 1,335
United Kingdom 84,046 39 0.183 1,830
Top States for BAKER by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 29,400 53 0.141 1,410
California 29,376 70 0.087 867
Ohio 25,606 17 0.226 2,255
Florida 24,825 44 0.155 1,553
Pennsylvania 18,338 24 0.149 1,493
Top States for BAKER by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Kentucky 11,477 17 0.284 2,840
Delaware 2,098 22 0.268 2,677
Oklahoma 8,259 23 0.239 2,393
Alabama 10,556 36 0.237 2,374
Vermont 1,431 14 0.235 2,350


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called BAKER live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called BAKER represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called BAKER in Texas than any other state, but you are more likely to find a BAKER by picking someone at random in Kentucky than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of BAKER

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Occupational Name

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the BAKER surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the BAKER surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of BAKER in the USA

Classification Total Percent
White (Caucasian) 339,279 82.08
Black/African American 56,340 13.63
Mixed Race 6,366 1.54
White (Hispanic) 6,076 1.47
Native American/Alaskan 3,431 0.83
Asian/Pacific 1,860 0.45

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the BAKER surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of BAKER in historical publications

(origin: Sax.) A name of trade, a baker; from the Saxon bacan, to dry by heat.

Arthur, William (1857) An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman. Public Domain.

BAKER. The occupation. In old documents, Pistor, Le Bakere, &:c.

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Similar names to BAKER

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as BAKER.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for BAKER

The following words are slight variants of BAKER that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.