Origins of surname
Although this very early English surname is occupational, it does not always relate to a maker of bread. It comes from the old English word boeccure. There are a number of possible origins and these include an official with special responsibilities for the baking ovens in a monastery or castle, as well as the keeper of the communal kitchen in a town or village, since most of the humbler households had no cooking facilities other than a pot over a fire. The right to be in charge of this service and to exact money or loaves in return for its use was, in many parts of Britain, a hereditary feudal privilege. Less often the surname may have been acquired by someone noted for specifically baking fine bread or as an owner of a kiln for the baking of pottery or even bricks. The surname is first recorded in the late 12th Century, and early records include Robert Bakere, a witness in the Assize Court Rolls of Lancashire in 1246.
The name first appears at Le Bakere in Jersey records in the 14th century, but this does not necessarily mean that it was of French origin. It is more likely that the name Bakere belonged to an English immigrant, possibly a soldier, and that the 'Le' was added in an island to help it fit in with local style.
Baker baptisms are found as early as early as the 1670s in Grouville, and the family next appears in St Brelade, St John and St Helier registers in the early 18th century.
Although nearly 200 baptisms and births were recorded in Jersey up to the early 20th century, it is difficult to assemble Baker family trees because the name has long been very common in England and a significant number of Baker immigrants came to Jersey, particularly in the 19th century. St Helier registers show numerous Bakers from the West Country marrying local girls, and also a number of soldiers.
- Le Bakere, 1340
- Descendants of Thomas Baker
- Descendants of Thomas Baker and Elizabeth Vardon, different source and follows different branch to above Added 2016
- Descendants of Thomas Baker - 2, different Thomas
- Descendants of Thomas Palmer Baker, different Thomas
- Descendants of Jean Baker
- Descendants of William Baker
- Descendants of William Baker and Elizabeth Perry, different William Added 2016
- Baker baptisms in Jersey
- Baker marriages in Jersey (groom)
- Baker marriages in Jersey (bride)
- Baker burials in Jersey
Great War service
- Baker Occupation identity cards
- Ronald Henry Bell Baker, Deported during the Occupation after being convicted of receiving stolen property
- Amy and Baker were trading at 16 Queen Street in the 1880s and '90, predecessors of Frederick Baker which would become established across the street
- Frederick Baker and Sons, 20th century Queen Street department store - family tree
- Noel and Porter, King Street department store acquired by the Baker family in 1953
- John Samuel Baker, Locksmith
- C Baker was a chemist at 15 King Street in the early 1880s ...
- ... and at No 16 later in the decade
- Wilfred Baker was a milliner at 55½ King Street in the 1900s and 1910s
- Watchmaker J A Baker was at 3 Queen Street in the 1880s
- Watchmaker J Baker was at 26 Queen Street in the 1890s
Sgt J F Baker, photographed by Ernest Baudoux
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