|William Hemsley's Baking Day|
Noun. Long dial. (esp. Scot.)
[Old English bæcestre fem. of bæcere baker]
If you like surnames that mean something (like I do), and you especially like surnames that mean something that's not too obvious (like I do), then you'll probably like the word (and name) BAXTER, which means baker. Hmm. It also means I'm battologizing (and so soon after writing a post about it). Oh dear.
One thing that might save this post is that some reference works say that the surname went from to bake to bakester to baxter. That's a jolly interesting journey, isn't it? Does that redeem my battological post? Well I think it does. So there.