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Where did the English Webb family come from? What is the English Webb family crest and coat of arms? When did the Webb family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Webb family history?

When the ancestors of the Webb family arrived in England following the Norman Conquest of 1066, they brought their name with them. It is a name for a weaver which was in turn derived from the Old English word webbe, meaning a woven cloth, and was used to indicate someone employed in making such fabric.


Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Webb, Webbe and others.

First found in Wiltshire where they held a family seat anciently from about the time of the Norman Conquest in 1066.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Webb research. Another 203 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1663, 1734, 1708, 1713 and are included under the topic Early Webb History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 39 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Webb Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Webb family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 157 words(11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Webb or a variant listed above:

Webb Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Christopher Webb, who landed in Braintree, Massachusetts in 1628
  • Richard Webb who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1630 with his wife Elizabeth
  • Elizabeth Webb and her husband, who settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630
  • Anthony Webb, aged 20, arrived in St Christopher in 1633
  • Arthur Webb, who landed in Maryland in 1637

Webb Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Humphry Webb, who arrived in Virginia in 1719
  • Isac Webb, who landed in New England in 1731

Webb Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry Webb, aged 36, landed in New York in 1812
  • Isabella Webb, who arrived in New York, NY in 1843
  • Eva Webb, aged 12, arrived in New York, NY in 1847
  • Elizabeth Webb, aged 4, arrived in New York, NY in 1847
  • Barbara Webb, aged 14, arrived in New York, NY in 1847


  • Jack Webb (1920-1982), American actor, most famous for his role as a detective in the television series Dragnet, founder of the production company, Mark VII Limited
  • Jimmy Webb (b. 1946), American composer
  • Brenda Gayle Webb (b. 1951), original name of Crystal Gayle, American country music singer best known for her 1977 country-pop hit, "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue"
  • James Edwin Webb (1906-1992), second administrator of NASA and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Alexander Stewart Webb (1835-1911), United States Army officer and a Union general in the American Civil War, recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions at the Battle of Gettysburg
  • Charles Richard Webb (b. 1939), American author, best known for his book The Graduate (1963) which was made into a movie of the same name
  • William Henry "Chick" Webb (1905-1939), American jazz drummer and band leader
  • Sir Aston Webb RA, FRIBA (1849-1930), English architect, President of the Royal Academy from 1919 to 1924
  • Alan Webb (1906-1982), English stage and film actor
  • Matthew Webb (1848-1883), English swimmer



  • Webb Families of the Virginias by Ronald R. Turner.
  • Webb Family of Bearwallow Ridge by David G. Webb J.
  • by David G. Webb Jr.

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The Webb Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Webb Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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