Type Surname (from occupation)
Other Forms FormsBackhouse
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Meaning & History
(i) Variant of Backus (meaning "one who lives in or works in a bakery", from Old English bǣchūs "bakehouse, bakery"), the spelling influenced by Bacchus (name of the Greek and Roman god of wine).(ii) From a medieval French nickname for a heavy drinker of alcohol, from Latin Bacchus (the wine god - see (i)).