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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.

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The surname Webb was first found in Wiltshire where they held a family seat anciently from about the time of the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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.


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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.

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

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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.

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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 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 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 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


Webb Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century


  • Richard Webb, who settled in Brigus, Newfoundland, in 1677

Webb Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • William Webb, who was a fisherman in Petty Harbour, Newfoundland, in 1735

Webb Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Isaiah Webb, who arrived in Canada in 1831
  • Clayton Webb, who landed in Canada in 1836
  • Isaac Webb, who landed in Canada in 1836

Webb Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Jeremiah Webb, English convict from Cambridge, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • William Webb, English convict from Buckinghamshire, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Thomas Webb, a carpenter, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • John Webb, English convict from Kent, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • John Webb, English convict from Wiltshire, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila


Webb Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Charles Fredrick Webb landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Cuba
  • George Webb landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • William H Webb landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Charles Webb, aged 20, a bricklayer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cuba" in 1840
  • James Webb landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842


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  • Stephen H. Webb (1961-2016), American theologian and philosopher of religion
  • Wilma Webb, American Democrat politician, Member, Rules Committee, Democratic National Convention, 2008
  • Willis S. Webb, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Muskegon County 1st District, 1930
  • William T. A. Webb, American Republican politician, Real estate business; Member of New York State Assembly from Delaware County, 1938-42
  • William S. Webb, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1944, 1948
  • William Robert Webb (1842-1926), American Democrat politician, U.S. Senator from Tennessee, 1913
  • William P. Webb, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Penang, 1922
  • William G. Webb, American politician, U.S. Consul in Zanzibar, 1859-61
  • William Webb, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1972
  • William Webb Jr. (b. 1844), American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 14th District, 1876-77

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  • 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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  2. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  3. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  5. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  7. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  8. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
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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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