Bak History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of England produced the name of Bak. It was given to 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 Bak family

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

Early History of the Bak family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bak research. Another 208 words (15 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 Bak History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bak Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Bak has appeared include Back, Backe, Bace, Bac, Bak, Bache and others.

Early Notables of the Bak family (pre 1700)

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Bak Ranking

In the United States, the name Bak is the 11,749th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1] However, in France, the name Bak is ranked the 3,467th most popular surname with an estimated 2,000 - 2,500 people with that name. [2]


United States Bak migration to the United States +

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Bak arrived in North America very early:

Bak Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Yerigh Bak, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1741 [3]


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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