Meaning and Origin of: Backus

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.