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Where did the English Baker family come from? What is the English Baker family crest and coat of arms? When did the Baker family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Baker family history?

The distinguished surname Baker comes from the ancient culture of the Anglo-Saxons. The name is derived from the Old English "baecere," meaning "baker," and was first borne as an occupational name.


The name Baker, appeared in many references, and from time to time, the surname was spelt Baker, Bakere, Baiker, Backer and others.

First found in Durham, where the Baker family held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D. Due to its occupational origins, it is likely that the name emerged independently in different areas, thus creating several early branches of the Baker family.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Baker research. Another 159 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1620, 1683, 1652, 1655, 1625, 1689, 1658, 1689, 1659, 1611, 1685, 1660, 1660, 1716 and are included under the topic Early Baker History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 213 words(15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Baker Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Baker family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


The New World beckoned as many of the settlers in Ireland, known as the Scotch/Irish, became disenchanted. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Amongst the early settlers who could be considered kinsmen of the Baker family, or who bore a variation of the surname Baker were

Baker Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Edmund Baker, who landed in Maine in 1630
  • Geo Baker, who arrived in Virginia in 1633
  • Daniel Baker, who landed in Barbados in 1634
  • Daniell Baker, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Dorothie Baker, who landed in Virginia in 1635

Baker Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • James Baker, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1720
  • Sarah Baker, a servant who was recruited in London and sent to Pennsylvania in 1727
  • Frances Baker, who arrived in New England in 1731
  • Elizabeth Baker, who landed in Georgia in 1736
  • Hans Georg Baker, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1737

Baker Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Joh Ant Baker, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Heinrich Baker, who arrived in Winchester, Va in 1807
  • Diederick Ouus Baker, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1807
  • Anther Baker, who arrived in New York in 1825
  • Bebedict Baker, aged 25, arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1832


  • Norma Jean Baker (1926-1962), American actress, who used the name Marilyn Monroe
  • Chesley "Chet" Baker Jr. (1929-1988), American jazz trumpeter, flugelhorn player and singer
  • Carroll Baker (b. 1931), American actress, both a serious dramatic actress and, particularly in the 1960s, a movie sex symbol
  • Kyle Baker (b. 1965), American cartoonist, comic book writer and artist, and animator
  • Ray Stannard Baker (1870-1946), American journalist and author
  • James Addison Baker III (b. 1930), American attorney, politician, political administrator, political advisor and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Johnnie B. "Dusty" Baker (b. 1949), American Major League Baseball player turned manager
  • Lieutenant Colonel Addison E Baker (1907-1943), American officer awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1943
  • Russell Wayne Baker (b. 1925), American reporter who won the 1979 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary
  • Howard Henry Baker Jr. (1925-2014), American former Senate Majority Leader, Republican U.S. Senator from Tennessee, White House Chief of Staff, and a former United States Ambassador to Japan, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom



  • A Baker Family Genealogy: Pioneers of North Carolina, Kentucky, Indiana, Missouri and Iowa by Ralph D. Shipp.
  • The Baker Family of Westbrookville, New York by Howard E. Case.


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The Baker Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Baker Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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