Webber History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Webber 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 Webber is an occupational name for a person who made his living as a weaver of cloth. The surname Webber is a derivative of the Old English word web, which means web or weaver.

Early Origins of the Webber family

The surname Webber was first found in Somerset where they were one of the many Flemish industrialist families who settled in the west country in the 13th century. John le Webber was listed in the Feet of Fines of Essex in 1255; and later Hugo le Webbere was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Staffordshire in 1327. [1] The Calendarium Inquisitionum Post Mortem listed: Robert le Webber; and Clarice le Webbere. [2]

Early History of the Webber family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Webber research. Another 63 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1751 and 1793 are included under the topic Early Webber History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Webber Spelling Variations

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 Webber, Weber and others.

Early Notables of the Webber family (pre 1700)

Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Webber Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Webber World Ranking

In the United States, the name Webber is the 1,113rd most popular surname with an estimated 27,357 people with that name. [3] However, in Newfoundland, Canada, the name Webber is ranked the 738th most popular surname with an estimated 58 people with that name. [4] And in Australia, the name Webber is the 585th popular surname with an estimated 6,646 people with that name. [5] New Zealand ranks Webber as 415th with 1,587 people. [6] The United Kingdom ranks Webber as 554th with 11,727 people. [7]

Ireland Migration of the Webber family to Ireland

Some of the Webber family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Webber migration to the United States +

Early immigration records have shown some of the first Webbers to arrive on North American shores:

Webber Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Webber who settled in Maine in 1616
  • John Webber, who settled in Virginia in 1630
  • Rich Webber, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [8]
  • Thomas Webber, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1643 [8]
  • Margery Webber, who landed in Virginia in 1656 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Webber Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Wyart Webber, aged 8, who arrived in New York in 1711 [8]
  • Henry Webber, who landed in Virginia in 1712 [8]
  • Christian Webber, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1727 [8]
  • Daniel Webber, who landed in New England in 1731 [8]
  • Hans Geo Webber, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Webber Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Webber, (b. 1810), aged 22, Cornish labourer departing from Plymouth aboard the ship "Andromeda" arriving in the United States on 10th May 1832 [9]
  • George Webber, who arrived in New York in 1838 [8]
  • Catherine Webber, aged 30, who arrived in New York, NY in 1855 [8]
  • Elizabeth Webber, aged 8, who landed in New York, NY in 1855 [8]
  • Charles Webber, who landed in Mississippi in 1857 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Webber migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Webber Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Jonas Webber, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Henry Webber of Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, in 1782 [10]
  • Mr. William Webber U.E. who settled in Bell Vue, Beaver Harbor, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 [11]
  • Mr. John George Webber U.E., (Weaver) who settled in Canada c. 1784 [11]
  • Mr. John George Webber Sr., U.E., (Weaver) who settled in Canada c. 1784 [11]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Webber Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Bartholomew Webber who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Frankfield" departing 29th June 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 9th August 1847 but he died on board [12]

Australia Webber migration to Australia +

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

Webber Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Elizabeth Webber, English convict who was convicted in Devon, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Canada" in March 1810, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [13]
  • Thomas Webber, English convict from Devon, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia [14]
  • Mr. Michael Webber, (b. 1779), aged 44, British soldier who was convicted in Barbados for life for desertion from the army, transported aboard the "Commodore Hayes" in April 1823, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [15]
  • John Webber, English convict from Somerset, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [16]
  • Mr. James Webber, English convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for life, transported aboard the "David Lyon" on 29th April 1830, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [17]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Webber 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:

Webber Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Webber, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Lady Nugent
  • Mrs John Webber, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Lady Nugent
  • Edmund Webber, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1843
  • Mr. Joseph Webber, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Sandford" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 9th July 1856 [18]
  • Miss Elizabeth Webber, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Sandford" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 9th July 1856 [18]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

West Indies Webber 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. [19]
Webber Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Clement Webber, who settled in Jamaica in 1654

Contemporary Notables of the name Webber (post 1700) +

  • Samuel Webber (1759-1810), American clergyman, mathematician, and academic
  • Herbert John Webber (1865-1946), American plant physiologist
  • Gordon Webber (1912-1986), American writer
  • George Washington Webber (1825-1900), American politician from Michigan
  • Marguerite Diane Webber (1932-2008), born Marguerite Empey, an American model, dancer and actress
  • Charles Wilkins Webber (1819-1856), United States journalist and explorer
  • Mayce Edward Christopher "Chris" Webber III (b. 1973), nicknamed C-Webb, a retired American professional NBA basketball player
  • Rob Webber (b. 1986), English rugby union player
  • John Webber (1751-1793), English painter, official artist on Captain James Cook’s third voyage
  • Daniel Vaughn "Danny" Webber (b. 1981), English football striker
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fraterville mine
  • Mr. John Webber, American coal miner at Fraterville mine in Tennessee, on the 19th May 1902 when an explosion collapsed the mine; he died [20]
  • Mr. Rufus Webber, American coal miner at Fraterville mine in Tennessee, on the 19th May 1902 when an explosion collapsed the mine; he died [20]
HMS Cornwall
  • Francis Herbert Webber, British Warrant Officer Gunner aboard the HMS Cornwall when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he survived the sinking [21]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Thomas Albert Webber, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [22]
  • Mr. M G Webber, British Sub Lieutenant (E) Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [22]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Leonard Webber, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [23]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Francis Albert Webber (d. 1912), aged 31, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic, died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett [24]
  • Mr. James Webber (d. 1912), aged 66, American Third Class passenger from San Francisco who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [24]
  • Miss Susan Webber, aged 37, English Second Class passenger from Bude, Cornwall who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 12 [24]
SS Southern Cross
  • Mr. William Webber (1884-1914), Newfoundlander from Harbour Grace who was aboard the "SS Southern Cross" when it is suspected she sank between the 31st March 1914 and early April during the storm with a heavy load of pelts; no survivors were ever found
Winter Quarters coal mine
  • Mr. John Webber, American mine worker from Scofield, Utah who worked in the Winter Quarters coal mine on 1st May 1900, when 10 of the 25lb kegs of black powder exploded; he died in the explosion [25]
  • Mr. John Webber (b. 1863), Welsh mine worker residing in Scofield, Utah who worked in the Winter Quarters coal mine on 1st May 1900, when 10 of the 25lb kegs of black powder exploded; he died in the explosion [25]
  • Mr. Thomas Webber (b. 1871), American mine worker from Scofield, Utah who worked in the Winter Quarters coal mine on 1st May 1900, when 10 of the 25lb kegs of black powder exploded; he died in the explosion [25]
  • Mr. William Webber (b. 1879), American mine worker from Scofield, Utah who worked in the Winter Quarters coal mine on 1st May 1900, when 10 of the 25lb kegs of black powder exploded; he died in the explosion [25]


The Webber Motto +

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: Liliae praelucent telis
Motto Translation: Lillies outshine weapons of war.


Suggested Readings for the name Webber +

  • The Dutch Webbers of Indiana and Illinois by Ercel Virginia Webber Hunt.

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  12. ^ 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. 98)
  13. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 9th December 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/canada
  14. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
  15. ^ Convict Records of Australia (Retrieved 4th March 2021, retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/commodore-hayes)
  16. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823
  17. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 3rd June 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/david-lyon
  18. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  19. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  20. ^ News paper article Fraterville Mine Disaster retrieved on 6th August 2021. (Retrieved from http://www.tn.gov/tsla/exhibits/disasters/fraterville.htm).
  21. ^ Force Z Survivors Crew List HMS Cornwall (Retrieved 2018, February 13th) - Retrieved from https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listcornwallcrew.html#A
  22. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  23. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  24. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  25. ^ Miners killed in Winter Quarters (retrieved 28th July 2021). Retrieved from http://www.carbon-utgenweb.com/miners.html


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