Place Name: Baker Close
Feature Type (Year Approved): Road (200)
Name Origins: Commemorative
1 English: occupational name from Middle English bakere, backere ‘baker’ (Old English bæcere).
2 Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name probably adopted for cognates in other European languages, such as German Bäcker, Becker; Dutch Bakker, De Becker, De Ba(e)cker, etc., or for Jewish Be(c)ker(man).
From: Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland
Cultural Affiliation: English, Jewish
Naming Edmonton: From Ada to Zoie
This road in the Blackmud Creek neighbourhood was named for Yorkshire-born Herbert Baker (1866-1941). Baker emigrated to Canada in 1882 and found work with Massey Manufacturing (later Massey Harris Co. Ltd.), manufacturers of farm equipment. By 1904, he had been promoted to manager at the company's Winnipeg office. In 1910, he became the northern Alberta manager and was posted to Edmonton. In addition to his involvement in the Chamber of Commerce and community affairs of the Highland district, where he lived, Baker served on City Council as an alderman from 1927 to 1933.
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