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Alice Martha Bacon (1909—1993) politician

Allyn & Bacon

Anne Bacon (c. 1528—1605) gentlewoman and scholar

Anthony Bacon (1558—1601) spy

Anthony Bacon (1717—1786) merchant and ironmaster

Bacon and Bungay

Bacon Brothers

Bacon Fat

Bacon's Rebellion

Delia Salter Bacon (1811—1859)

Edmund Norwood Bacon (1910—2005)

Ernst Bacon (1898—1990)

Francis Bacon (1561—1626) lord chancellor, politician, and philosopher

Francis Bacon (1909—1992) painter

Francis Bacon (1600—1663) politician

Francis Thomas Bacon (1904—1992) engineer and developer of the fuel cell

Frank Bacon (1864—1922)

Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay

George Washington Bacon (1831—1922) map publisher

Henry Bacon (1866—1924)

Irving Bacon (1893—1965)

Jane Bacon (1581—1659) letter-writer

John Bacon (1740—1799) sculptor

John Bacon (1738—1816) ecclesiastical administrator

John Bacon (c. 1250—1323) justice

John Bacon (1777—1859) sculptor

John Bacon Sawrey Morritt (1771—1843) traveller and classical scholar

John Mackenzie Bacon (1846—1904) astronomer and aviator

Leonard Bacon (1887—1954)


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In early use, bacon was used to mean not just the cured meat from the back and sides of a pig, but also fresh pork, the meat most readily available to the rural population; from this, the word was used to mean a rustic, a clown.

Recorded from Middle English, the word comes via Old French from a Germanic word meaning ‘ham, flitch’, related to back.

bring home the bacon achieve success. The phrase probably derives from bacon in much earlier save one's bacon, recorded from the mid 17th century, and may in turn go back to idea that pig's meat was an essential and common article of food.

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