Origins of Name:
The surname of Barker has two possible origins. The first of these being an occupational name for one who had the occupation of being a tanner of leather. The surname Barker originated from the Pre 7th Century Old English words “berc” or possibly “beorc” and then the Middle English word “barken” or “bark” both words which can be defined and translated as tanning, as in the bark of the tree, which was used in the process of tanning. The surname may also possibly have derived from the Old French word “berchier” or “bercher” “berker” or “berkier” all of which can be translated to mean a shepherd. With the middle English change from “ar” to “er” when “barker” meant shepherd, this was when the term became distinguishable as being able to be translated to mean a “tanner.”
More common variations are:
Bariker, Bareker, Barkero, Barkery, Barcker, Barkeer, Bbarker, Barkier, Barkman, Barkerr, Baraker
The first recorded spelling of the surname of Barker was in the country of England in the year of 1185. One person by the name of Ralph Berker was notated and recorded in the “Record of the Templars in Yorkshire” which was written and decreed under the order of King Henry II, who was known as and commonly referred to throughout history as “The Builder of Churches.” King Henry II ruled from the year of 1154 to the year of 1189. Other mentions of this surname of Barker were found in different historical documents throughout England. Alurdeus le Berkier is mentioned in the Pipe Rolls of Lincolnshire in the year 1193, which John le Bercher appears in the Curia Regis Rolls of Hampshire in the year 1212. In church documents, one Edward Barker was shown to have married Margaret Stevenson at the church of St. Peter Cornhill, in London in the year 1551. Those who bear the surname of Barker can be found throughout the country of England, originating in Cambridgeshire. However, the areas with the highest concentration of those who bear the surname of Barker can be found in the counties of Yorkshire, Lancashire, Essex and Staffordshire.
Those who carry the surname of Barker can be found in the areas of Fife, Stirlingshire, and Lanarkshire counties.
United States of America:
hroughout the 17th Century, a period of time known as the European Migration began throughout Europe, though mostly centered in England. This migration was when the settlers determined that they no longer were happy with their homeland, and sought out a new place to live, one promising new freedoms and capabilities that were not afforded to them in the land of their birth. The United States of America, which at that time was called The New World or The Colonies, promised these freedoms to new settlers, and thus was a popular destination during this time for those settlers. The first person who was recorded to bear the surname of Fleming was one Elizabeth Barker, who arrived in the United States of America in the year 1620. Those who live in the United States of America and bear the surname of Barker can be found in various places throughout the country. The places with the highest concentration of people who bear the surname of Barker are Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Arkansas, and New Jersey, Massachusetts, California, Kentucky.
United States 99,771
South Africa 9,004
New Zealand 2,885
Miss Winifred Barker (died in 1915) who was an American 2nd Class passenger from Trenton, New Jersey, USA, who was aboard the RMS Lusitania and died when it sank.
Mrs. Martha Ann Barker (nee Bullock) who was an American 2nd Class passenger from Trenton, New Jersey, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking of the vessel
Major-General Ray Wahnes Barker (1889-1974) who was a Commanding General in the 78th Division from America, and who served in North-West Europe from the year 1945 to the year 1946
Major-General John DeForrest Barker (1897-1986) who was an Acting Commanding Officer of the Air University at Maxwell, AFB, Alabama in the year 1953, who was from America
Brigadier-General Harold Richards Baker (1891-1965) who was an American Commanding Officer from the 68th Field Artillery Brigade from the year 1937 to the year 1942
S. L. Barker, who was a Delegate to Republican National Convention from the state of Kentucky in the year 1952, and who was from America