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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • English : from Middle English bakehous ‘bakehouse’ (Old English bæchūs), hence a topographic name for someone who lived or worked in a bakery.
  • Lithuanian (Bačkus) : from Lithuanian bačka ‘barrel’, ‘cask’, hence either a nickname for a short, fat man or an occupational name for a cooper.
  • Among the original settlers of Norwich (later Franklin), CT, in 1660 was a certain Stephen Backus.

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