Meaning and Origin of: Back

Family name origins & meanings

  • English : from Middle English bakke ‘back’ (Old Englishbæc), hence a nickname for someone with a hunched back or some other noticeable peculiarity of the back or spine, or a topographic name for someone who lived on a hill or ridge, or at the rear of a settlement.
  • English : from the Old English personal nameBacca, which was still in use in the 12th century. It is of uncertain origin, but may have been a byname in the same sense as 1.
  • English : nickname from Middle English bakke ‘bat’ (apparently of Scandinavian origin), from some fancied resemblance to the animal.
  • Altered spelling of Bach 1, 2, or 6.
  • North German : from Middle Low German back ‘kneading trough’, hence a metonymic occupational name for someone who made or used such vessels.
  • Americanized spelling of Norwegian Bakk(e) (see Bakke).