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]

Important Dates for the Webber family

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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)

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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.

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 [3]
  • Thomas Webber, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1643 [3]
  • Clement Webber, who settled in Jamaica in 1654
  • ... (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 [3]
  • Henry Webber, who landed in Virginia in 1712 [3]
  • Christian Webber, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1727 [3]
  • Daniel Webber, who landed in New England in 1731 [3]
  • Hans Geo Webber, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Webber Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Webber, who arrived in New York in 1838 [3]
  • Elizabeth Webber, aged 8, who landed in New York, NY in 1855 [3]
  • Catherine Webber, aged 30, who arrived in New York, NY in 1855 [3]
  • Charles Webber, who landed in Mississippi in 1857 [3]
  • Gustav Webber, who landed in Mississippi in 1860 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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 [4]
  • Mr. William Webber U.E. who settled in Bell Vue, Beaver Harbor, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 [5]
  • Mr. John George Webber U.E., (Weaver) who settled in Canada c. 1784 [5]
  • Mr. John George Webber Sr., U.E., (Weaver) who settled in Canada c. 1784 [5]
  • ... (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 [6]

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
  • Thomas Webber, English convict from Devon, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • John Webber, English convict from Somerset, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [8]
  • William Wood Webber, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1839 [9]
  • Henrietta Webber, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1839 [9]
  • Ann Bradford Webber, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1839 [9]
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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 [10]
  • Miss Elizabeth Webber, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Sandford" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 9th July 1856 [10]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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.)

Historic Events for the Webber family

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 [11]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Thomas Albert Webber, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [12]
  • 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 [12]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Leonard Webber, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [13]
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 [14]
  • 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 [14]
  • 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 [14]

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Citations

  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  5. ^ 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
  6. ^ 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)
  7. ^ 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
  8. ^ 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
  9. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Lysander.htm
  10. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  11. ^ Force Z Survivors Crew List HMS Cornwall (Retrieved 2018, February 13th) - Retrieved from https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listcornwallcrew.html#A
  12. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  13. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  14. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
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