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The name Back comes from a name for a person with a hunched back, or some other peculiarity of the back or spine. The word back is originally derived from the Old English word bakke, which in turn is derived from the Old English word boec.

Back Early Origins



The surname Back was first found in Somerset, where they held a family seat before the Norman Conquest of 1066.

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Back Spelling Variations


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Back Spelling Variations



Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Back include Back, Backe, Bace, Bac, Bak, Bache and others.

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Back Early History


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Back Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Back research. Another 393 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1055, 1182, 1277, 1297, 1327, 1349, 1369, 1563, 1594, 1689, 1754, 1796, and 1878 are included under the topic Early Back History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Back Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Back Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Back Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Back or a variant listed above:

Back Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Back, who arrived in Virginia in 1662

Back Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jobs Back, who landed in New York in 1709
  • George Dan Back, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1729
  • Henry Daniel Back, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1729
  • Philip Jacob Back, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1729
  • Johanes Back, aged 25, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1740
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Back Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Back, who landed in New York in 1815
  • Baltazar Back, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • George Back arrived in Philadelphia in 1850
  • J Back, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Johan Peter Back, aged 29, landed in America in 1852
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Back Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Francis Back arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1838 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAJASTHAN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Rajasthan.htm
  • Sarah Back arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1838 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAJASTHAN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Rajasthan.htm
  • Frances Back, aged 31, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Agincourt" in 1850
  • William John Back, aged 9, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Agincourt" in 1850
  • Frances Elizabeth Back, aged 7, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Agincourt" in 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Back Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Jonas Back, aged 35, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cartvale" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Back (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Back (post 1700)



  • Major-General George Irving Back (1894-1972), American Chief Signal Officer, Department of the Army (1951-1955)
  • Kenneth Back, American government official and research consultant
  • Neil Antony Back (b. 1969), British former international rugby union footballer
  • Admiral Sir George Back FRS (1796-1878), English Arctic explorer
  • Natasja Crone Back (b. 1971), Danish journalist and TV-show presenter
  • KJ Back, Australian bacteriologist

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Back Historic Events


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Back Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Percy George Edward Back, British Marine, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Cecil Robert Back, British Petty Officer Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Charles Frederick Back (d. 1912), aged 32, English Assistant Lounge Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAJASTHAN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Rajasthan.htm

Other References

  1. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  3. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  4. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  8. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  9. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  10. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Back Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Back 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.

This page was last modified on 17 August 2015 at 12:00.

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