Origins Available: English
The name Backe is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. Backe was a name used 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.
Early Origins of the Backe family
The surname Backe was first found in Somerset
, where they held a family seat
before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Backe family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Backe 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 Backe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Backe Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Backe include Back, Backe, Bace, Bac, Bak, Bache and others.
Early Notables of the Backe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Backe family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Backe were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Catherine Back, who sailed to Pennsylvania in 1772. George Back arrived in Philadelphia in 1850.
Contemporary Notables of the name Backe (post 1700)
- John Backe (1932-2015), American television executive, President and CEO of CBS (1977-1980)