Last name: Webb

This famous surname recorded as Webb, Webbe, Webber and Webster, is Olde English pre 7th Century. It derives from the word "web", meaning to weave. Originally a male occupational name, the term "webbe" referred specifically to a male weaver and later "webster" to a female weaver; although this distinction was not always made in medieval English. In the pipe rolls of the county of Suffolk, we find Osbert Webbe so recorded in 1221 and Alice la Webbe, in the rolls of the borough of Colchester, in 1327. The following quotation from the famous medieval book of social history "Piers Plowman" reads: "My wife was a webbe and woollen cloth made". Later church recordings of the post medieval period include: Mary Webb, the daughter of George Webb, who was christened on March 5th 1550 at the church of St. Mary Woolnoth, in the city of London, and Mary Webbe who was christened on February 17th 1566, at the church of St. Benet Fink, also city of London. One of the earliest famine emigrants who fled Ireland in the tragic year of 1846 was Richard Webb, aged 20 yrs., who sailed on the "coffin" ship "Cornelia of Liverpool" bound for New York on January 26th 1846. Rather more happily Captain Webb was the first person to swim the twenty two miles of the English Channel in 1872. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Alger se Webba which was dated circa 1100, in the "Olde English Byname Register", during the reign of King William 11, known as "Rufus", 1087 - 1100. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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History fanatic
Okay the Webb is an Indian surname. It is my great grandmothers Madian name and she is full Indian....

My mother's mother was a Webb. Though we have not yet place where our Indian blood comes from, I can look at my grandmother's pic and her grandmother and believe that it may be through them. Any suggestions on where I can find out for sure?

steven Hazen
my great great great grandmother was a webb :)

Gary Webb
Our research indicates that Webb is a Norse origin name (I have had DNA tests that confirm this), that were settled in Scotland, and later Northern Ireland. We controlled the Lackey Castle in Derry in the 15-16 century. The Webb's came to the New World in the early 1700's, settling first in PA, then moving south and west.

susan webb poole
My dad was a webb bornkilburn 1923

Steve Webb
Just to complicate matters, Webb is also a reasonably common Jewish surname, being a common Anglicization of various Jewish names (such as Weberman), particularly in America.

Webb is a Scots-Irish name.

Kie webb-heath

well webb was a my family name until it got joined in the early 1900s. my family are all from suffolk and cotchester areas of england. which supports the article. if you are american i would suggest you check for english family in the east anglia region. as this article seems legit as i do live in that area.

Philip webb

my family came from Northern Ireland in early 1900s

Justen Joseph Webb

This Was Very Helpful.

randy webb
we are from texas my grandfather webb was decended from pocahontus if you follow it back 11 generations

Darren Webb
born 1992 in liverpool dad died age 8 richard webb conections to London and liverpool and irland area ?????

Darren thomas WEBB
born liverpool england lives lancashire

slave name from Sc

Anthony Paul Webb
Just to add, many Hugenouts that fled persecution in the French purge that moved to England, renamed themselves Webb to Anglocise their surnames, as many were weavers. But the distinction between the surname Weaver and Webb in the craft, was webbing is generally for military purposes, rather than clothing. Down the line the distinction became blurred. But I live in Essex, England, probably the most abundant distribution of the spelling Webb, as the name derives from Saxon. Essex> East Saxons.

ollie webb
hi ollie webb

Hello everyone, I am trying to find out more about Minnie Annette Webb. She was born about 1845 possibly in Surrey or Sussex, England. She married Edgar White,again not positive about the date possibly late 1800's. Both were actors as was one of their daughters, Henrietta Florence. Later some of the family lived in Lancashire,England. Any information would be appreciated.

Michael Webb
My father... me... and my son are the only true Webb's left in my family that we know of. My father was born in Memphis Tennessee in 1959. My grandfather Otis Webb jr. was also born in Memphis in 1935. My family tree goes no further than that because my grandfather never knew who Otis Webb Sr. Was. He supposedly died either before he was born or when he was just a baby. I'm not even sure if my great grandmother was even married to Otis Webb Sr. She never talked about him. Regardless if he died or not.... I'm sure I have other family out there that I never met. All I know is he was born in Sardis Mississippi. My great grandmother was born in 1919... so he must of been close to her age. It just a big mystery.

Jenny Webb
My maiden surname is Webb. We live in Essex but my father and his family were from north London.

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