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]

The founder of the Dorset branch of the family was William Webb, of Salisbury, merchant, in the reign of Henry VIII. "By marriage, William, the son of the founder, obtained Motcombe, in com. Dorset. Sir John Webb, in the early part of King James I.'s reign, purchased Canford estate, for 14,000/." [4]

In Gloucestershire, another branch of the family was found at Hatherop. "By the marriage of Mary, the heiress of the Bloomer family, to Sir John Webb, this property was acquired ; and within my memory has passed away by the marriage of the heiress of the Webbs to the Ponsonby family." [4]

Early History of 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)

Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Webb Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Webb World Ranking

In the United States, the name Webb is the 125th most popular surname with an estimated 179,064 people with that name. [5] However, in Canada, the name Webb is ranked the 367th most popular surname with an estimated 12,530 people with that name. [6] And in Australia, the name Webb is the 85th popular surname with an estimated 27,754 people with that name. [7] New Zealand ranks Webb as 181st with 3,014 people. [8] The United Kingdom ranks Webb as 80th with 56,072 people. [9]

Ireland Migration of the Webb family to Ireland

Some of the Webb family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 85 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States 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 [10]
  • 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
  • Arthur Webb, who landed in Maryland in 1637 [10]
  • Clare Webb, who arrived in Virginia in 1638 [10]
  • ... (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 [10]
  • Isac Webb, who landed in New England in 1731 [10]
Webb Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Henry Webb, aged 36, who landed in New York in 1812 [10]
  • Isabella Webb, who arrived in New York, NY in 1843 [10]
  • Eva Webb, aged 12, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847 [10]
  • Barbara Webb, aged 14, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847 [10]
  • Bartholeme Webb, aged 7, who landed in New York, NY in 1847 [10]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Webb migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Webb Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
Webb Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • William Webb, who was a fisherman in Petty Harbour, Newfoundland, in 1735 [11]
  • 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 [12]
  • Mr. Noah Webb U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [12]
  • Mr. Richardson Webb U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [12]
  • Mrs. Sarah Webb U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [12]
  • ... (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 [13]
  • 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 [13]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia 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
  • Mr. Richard Webb, British convict who was convicted in Stafford, Staffordshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Calcutta" in February 1803, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [14]
  • Mr. Alexander Webb, English boatman who was convicted in Worcester, Worcestershire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Coromandel" on 4th December 1803, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [15]
  • Mr. Samuel Webb, English convict who was convicted in Chichester, West Sussex, England for 14 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Duke of Portland" in January 1807, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [16]
  • Miss Mary Webb, English convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Canada" in March 1810, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [17]
  • Mr. Edward Webb, English convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for life, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 16th January 1816, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [18]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand 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 [19]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

West Indies Webb migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [20]
Webb Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Anthony Webb, aged 20, who arrived in St Christopher in 1633 [10]
  • Mr. Thomas Webb, (b. 1613), aged 22, British settler travelling from Gravesend, England aboard the ship "Falcon" arriving in Barbados in 1636 [21]
  • Samuel Webb, his wife and servants, who settled in Barbados in 1679

Contemporary Notables of the name Webb (post 1700) +

  • Charles Richard Webb (1939-2020), American author, best known for his 1963 novel The Graduate, which was made into a film of the same name (1967)
  • James Kenneth "Jimmy" Webb (1957-2020), American punk fashion stylist and the long-time manager of New York City's Trash and Vaudeville
  • 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
  • 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
  • ... (Another 188 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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 [22]
Fraterville mine
  • Mr. Houston M. Webb, American coal miner at Fraterville mine in Tennessee, on the 19th May 1902 when an explosion collapsed the mine; he died [23]
  • Mr. Eli Webb, American coal miner at Fraterville mine in Tennessee, on the 19th May 1902 when an explosion collapsed the mine; he died [23]
  • Mr. W. K. Webb, American coal miner at Fraterville mine in Tennessee, on the 19th May 1902 when an explosion collapsed the mine; he died [23]
  • Mr. Conda Webb, American coal miner at Fraterville mine in Tennessee, on the 19th May 1902 when an explosion collapsed the mine; he died [23]
  • Mr. Wm. J. Webb, American coal miner at Fraterville mine in Tennessee, on the 19th May 1902 when an explosion collapsed the mine; he died [23]
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 [24]
  • 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 [24]
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 [25]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. William Webb, British Artificer / Gunner, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [26]
  • Mr. Charles Webb, British sailor, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [26]
  • Mr. Charles Samuel Henry Webb, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [26]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Webb, British Chief Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [27]
  • Mr. Allan George Webb, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [27]
  • Mr. Frank  Reg Webb, British Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [27]
  • Mr. Lancelot Vere  Obe Webb, British Commander "S", who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [27]
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 [28]
  • 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 [28]
Prince of Wales colliery
  • Mr. Job Webb (b. 1823), Welsh coal miner who was working at the Prince of Wales Colliery in Abercarn, Wales on the 11th September 1878 when there was a coal mine explosion; he died [29]
  • Mr. Thomas Webb (b. 1864), Welsh coal miner who was working at the Prince of Wales Colliery in Abercarn, Wales on the 11th September 1878 when there was a coal mine explosion; he died [29]
  • Mr. Alfred Webb (b. 1864), Welsh coal miner who was working at the Prince of Wales Colliery in Abercarn, Wales on the 11th September 1878 when there was a coal mine explosion; he died [29]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. James Webb, English Trimmer from Walton, Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [30]
  • Mr. William Webb, English 3rd Class passenger residing in Medforth, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [31]
  • Mrs. Sarah Webb, English 3rd Class passenger residing in Medforth, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [31]
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Webb, English 3rd Class passenger residing in Medforth, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [31]
  • Miss Minnie Webb, American 2nd Class passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [31]
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 [32]
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 [33]
SS Caribou
  • Mr. Kelvin Webb, (Calvin), Newfoundland passenger who was Royal Navy from Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador was travelling aboard the railway ferry "SS Caribou" when it was struck by a German submarine torpedo on 14th October 1942, the most significant sinking in Canadian waters at that time, he survived the sinking, settled in the UK after marrying
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 [34]


Suggested Readings for the name Webb +

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

  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  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. ^ Oliver, George, Collections Illustrating the History of the Catholic Religion in the Counties of Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Wilts, and Gloucester London: Charles Dolman, 61, New Bond Street, 1857. Print
  5. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  6. ^ https://forebears.io/surnames/
  7. ^ https://forebears.io/australia/surnames
  8. ^ https://forebears.io/new-zealand/surnames
  9. ^ https://www.surnamemap.eu/unitedkingdom/surnames_ranking.php?p=10
  10. ^ 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)
  11. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  12. ^ 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
  13. ^ 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)
  14. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/calcutta
  15. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 22nd March 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/coromandel-and-experiment
  16. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 28th July 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/duke-of-portland
  17. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 9th December 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/canada
  18. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas
  19. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  20. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  21. ^ Pilgrim Ship Lists Early 1600's retrieved 28th September 2021. (Retrieved from https://www.packrat-pro.com/ships/shiplist.htm)
  22. ^ Mount Erebus, Memorial, Roll of Remembrance (Retrieved 2018, February 21st). Retrieved from http://www.erebus.co.nz/memorialandawards/rollofremembrance.aspx
  23. ^ News paper article Fraterville Mine Disaster retrieved on 6th August 2021. (Retrieved from http://www.tn.gov/tsla/exhibits/disasters/fraterville.htm).
  24. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  25. ^ 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
  26. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  27. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  28. ^ 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
  29. ^ Entombed in flood and flame (retrieved 3rd August 2021). Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20120603025705/http://www.crosskeys.me.uk/history/prince.htm
  30. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  31. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  32. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  33. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Alcoa_Puritan_(1941) - (Retrieved 2018, February 8th)
  34. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


Houseofnames.com on Facebook
Shipping
Fastest Delivery Possible

Digital Products on Checkout, all other products filled in 1 business day

Money Back
Money Back Guarantee

Yes, all products 100% Guaranteed

Support
BBB A+ Rating

The Best Rating possible

Payment
Secure Online Payment

Entire site uses SSL / Secure Certificate