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Origin and Meaning of Barker

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Bark"er
  1. An animal that barks; hence, any one who clamors unreasonably.
  2. One who stands at the doors of shops to urg� passers by to make purchases.(Cant, Eng)
  3. A pistol.(Slang)
  4. [Zoöl] The spotted redshank.
noun Bark"er
One who strips trees of their bark.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Informal terms for dogs
  2. Someone who stands in front of a show (as at a carnival) and gives a loud colorful sales talk to potential customers

From Middle English barker (“shepherd; tanner”).

  1. A surname​.

Barker was also found in the following language(s): Translingual

Notable Persons Named Barker

Barker Fairley was a writer. Barker was born on May 21st, 1887 in Barnsley, Yorkshire. He died on October 11th, 1986.


Barker Burnell was a Member of the, Nantucket, Dukes County District, and Massachusetts Senate. Barker was born on January 30th, 1798 in Nantucket. He passed away on June 15th, 1843.




Notable Persons With the Last Name Barker

He was most active from 1993 to present. Travis was given the name Travis Landon Barker on November 14th, 1975 in Fontana, California, United States.


Bob Barker is a television personality and game show host. His most notable accomplishments were from 1950 to 2007. Bob was given the name Robert William Barker on December 12th, 1923 in Darrington, Washington, U.S.


Clive Barker is a horror fiction and fantasy author, film director, screenwriter, producer, actor, playwright, painter, illustrator, visual artist, and visual arts. Clive was born on October 5th, 1952 in Liverpool.


Cicely Mary Barker was an author, illustrator, and artist. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1911 to 1962. Cicely was born Cicely Mary Barker on June 28th, 1895 in Croydon, Surrey, England. She left this life on February 16th, 1973.


Ma Barker is a criminal. Ma is also known as Ma Barker, Kate Barker, and Rita Ma Barker.


Ronnie Barker was an actor, comedian, and writer. He was most active from 1946 to 1988. Ronnie was given the name Ronald William George Barker on September 25th, 1929 in Bedford, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. Ronnie is also known as A Gentleman, Bob Ferris, Jack Goetz, Gerald Wiley, David Huggett, and Jonathan Cobbald. He breathed his last breath on October 3rd, 2005.


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Popularity of Barker as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Barker U.S.
  White 86.48% 64.26%
  African American 7.83% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.68% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.65% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.92% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.44% 16.26%

Of Last Name Barker

People with the last name Barker are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Barker

  • How Popular is the name Barker? Barker is the 65,655th most popular name of all time. As a last name Barker was the 360th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Barker have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 16 babies born with the first name Barker in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Barker? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1913 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Barker first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Barker is Tuesday, June 15th, 1869.
  • What year had the most people named Barker born? The highest recorded use of the first name Barker was in 1920 with a total of 6 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Barker: Your name in reverse order is Rekrab. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Bkrrae. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Barker? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 87,162 people with the last name Barker.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Barker? Barker was ranked as the 360th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.