Origins Available: English
The name is derived from the Old English "boecestre" which was a feminine form of the word "baker."
Early Origins of the Bakster family
The surname Bakster was first found in Devon
where a Liueger se Bacestere was listed in 1093. Other early records include a Hannah Bakestre in the Chester Assize Rolls of 1260, and a William le Baxtere in the Suffolk
Feet of Fines for 1333.
Early History of the Bakster family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bakster research.Another 85 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1615, 1691, 1781, and 1858 are included under the topic Early Bakster History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bakster Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Bakster are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Bakster include: Baxter, Bakster, Baxster, Baxstair, Baxstare and others.
Early Notables of the Bakster family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bakster family to Ireland
Some of the Bakster 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 and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bakster family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Bakster or a variant listed above: Daniel Baxter, who settled in New England
in 1638; Eleanor Baxter, who arrived in Virginia in 1642; Barnaby Baxter, who settled in Maryland in 1774; and Henry Baxter, a bonded passenger who arrived in Maryland in 1744..