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Where did the English Webster family come from? What is the English Webster family crest and coat of arms? When did the Webster family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Webster family history?The distinguished surname Webster emerged among the industrious people of Flanders, which was an important trading partner and political ally of Britain during the Middle Ages. As a result of the frequent commercial intercourse between the Flemish and English nations, many Flemish migrants settled in Britain. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name. Occupational surnames were derived from the common trades of the medieval era. The surname Webster is an occupational name for a weaver of cloth. The surname Webster is derived from the Old English word webbestre, which originally meant female weaver. Nevertheless, this name came to commonly refer to male weavers in later times.
Flemish surnames are characterized by a large number of spelling variations. One reason for this is that medieval English lacked definite spelling rules. The spellings of surnames were also influenced by the official court languages, which were French and Latin. Names were rarely spelled consistently in medieval times. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to specific spelling rules, and people often had their names registered in several different forms throughout their lives. One of the greatest reasons for change is the linguistic uniqueness of the Flemish settlers in England, who spoke a language closely related to Dutch. The pronunciation and spelling of Flemish names were often altered to suit the tastes of English-speaking people. In many cases, the first, final, or middle syllables of surnames were eliminated. The name has been spelled Webster, Webstere and others.
First found in Derbyshire where they held considerable estates at Balsover from about the 13th century.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Webster research. Another 159 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1250, 1610 and 1682 are included under the topic Early Webster History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 55 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Webster Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Webster family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 131 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Webster:
Webster Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Webster Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Webster Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Fides et justitia
Motto Translation: Faith and justice.
The Webster Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Webster 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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