Webb History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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. [1]

Early Origins of the Webb family

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. "This name is confined south of a line drawn from the Wash to the Dee. It is most numerous in Somerset and Wiltshire, in the west of England; but is also well represented in Suffolk in the east of England and in Northamptonshire in the midlands." [2]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list early spellings and some of the first recordings of the family: Adam le Webbe in Essex; and Elyas le Webbe in Buckinghamshire. [3]

Important Dates for the Webb family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Webb research. Another 102 words (7 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 and printed products wherever possible.

Webb Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Webb family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Webb family to Ireland

Some of the Webb family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Webb migration to the United States

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 [4]
  • 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, who arrived in St Christopher in 1633 [4]
  • Arthur Webb, who landed in Maryland in 1637 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Webb Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Humphry Webb, who arrived in Virginia in 1719 [4]
  • Isac Webb, who landed in New England in 1731 [4]
Webb Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Henry Webb, aged 36, who landed in New York in 1812 [4]
  • Isabella Webb, who arrived in New York, NY in 1843 [4]
  • Eva Webb, aged 12, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847 [4]
  • Elizabeth Webb, aged 4, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847 [4]
  • Barbara Webb, aged 14, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Webb migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Webb Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Richard Webb, who settled in Brigus, Newfoundland, in 1677 [5]
Webb Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • William Webb, who was a fisherman in Petty Harbour, Newfoundland, in 1735 [5]
  • Mrs. Ann Webb U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 333 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 28, 1783 at Staten Island, New York, USA [6]
  • Mr. Noah Webb U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [6]
  • Mr. Richardson Webb U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [6]
  • Mrs. Sarah Webb U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
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
  • Mrs. Ann Webb, aged 47 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Bridgetown" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in September 1847 [7]
  • Mr. John Webb, aged 18 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Bridgetown" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in September 1847 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Webb migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

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, Australia [8]
  • William Webb, English convict from Buckinghamshire, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [9]
  • Thomas Webb, a carpenter, who arrived in Van Diemen’s 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 [10]
  • John Webb, English convict from Wiltshire, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [11]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Webb migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Webb Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Charles Fredrick Webb, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Cuba
  • George Webb, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • William H Webb, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Charles Webb, aged 20, a bricklayer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cuba" in 1840
  • Miss Sarah A. Webb, (b. 1815), aged 24, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Oriental" arriving in Port Nicholson, Wellington, New Zealand on 31st January 1840 [12]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Webb (post 1700)

  • Max Webb (1917-2018), Polish-born, American Holocaust survivor, real estate developer and philanthropist from Los Angeles, California
  • Robert McDaniel Webb (1989-2017), American Major League Baseball player for the Chicago White Sox from 2013 through 2016
  • Wilfred Dwight Webb (1921-2016), American educator and politician, Member of the Michigan House of Representatives (1987-1992)
  • Stephen H. Webb (1961-2016), American theologian and philosopher of religion
  • William Henry "Chick" Webb (1905-1939), American jazz drummer and band leader
  • 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
  • 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
  • James Edwin Webb (1906-1992), second administrator of NASA and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • 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
  • Brenda Gayle Webb (b. 1951), birth name of Crystal Gayle, American country music singer best known for her 1977 country-pop hit, "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue"
  • ... (Another 184 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Webb family

Air New Zealand Flight 901
  • Mr. Alfred William Webb (d. 1979), New Zealander passenger, from Waitoa, North Island, New Zealand aboard the Air New Zealand Flight 901 for an Antarctic sightseeing flight when it flew into Mount Erebus; he died in the crash [13]
HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. Oliver Ernest Raymond Webb (1909-1941), Australian Acting Petty Officer from Rockdale, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [14]
  • Mr. Arthur Charles Webb (1920-1941), Australian Able Seaman from St. Albans, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [14]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Albert F Webb (b. 1902), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Monkton Farleigh, Wiltshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [15]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. William Webb, British Artificer / Gunner, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [16]
  • Mr. Charles Webb, British sailor, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [16]
  • Mr. Charles Samuel Henry Webb, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [16]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Webb, British Chief Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [17]
  • Mr. Allan George Webb, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [17]
  • Mr. Frank  Reg Webb, British Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [17]
  • Mr. Lancelot Vere  Obe Webb, British Commander "S", who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [17]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Richard Stanley Webb (1921-1939), British Musician with the Royal Marine aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [18]
  • Dudley Howard Webb (d. 1939), British Boy 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [18]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. James Webb, English Trimmer from Walton, Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [19]
  • Mr. William Webb, English 3rd Class passenger residing in Medforth, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [20]
  • Mrs. Sarah Webb, English 3rd Class passenger residing in Medforth, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [20]
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Webb, English 3rd Class passenger residing in Medforth, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [20]
  • Miss Minnie Webb, American 2nd Class passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [20]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. S Webb (d. 1912), aged 28, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [21]
SS Alcoa Puritan
  • N.G. Webb, American Able Seaman from Mobile, Alabama, who was working aboard the SS Alcoa Puritan traveling from Port of Spain, Trinidad to Mobile, Alabama when it was torpedoed by U-boat U-507; he survived the sinking [22]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Carl Edward Webb, American Private First Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [23]

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Citations

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  2. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  6. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  7. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 60)
  8. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1822
  9. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 151 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1823
  10. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1829 with 176 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1829
  11. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  12. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  13. ^ Mount Erebus, Memorial, Roll of Remembrance (Retrieved 2018, February 21st). Retrieved from http://www.erebus.co.nz/memorialandawards/rollofremembrance.aspx
  14. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  15. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  16. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  17. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  18. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  19. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  20. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  21. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  22. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Alcoa_Puritan_(1941) - (Retrieved 2018, February 8th)
  23. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html
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