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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.

Webber Early Origins



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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
The Calendarium Inquisitionum Post Mortem listed: Robert le Webber; and Clarice le Webbere. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

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Webber Spelling Variations


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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.

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Webber Early History


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Webber Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Webber research. Another 126 words (9 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.

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Webber Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Webber Early Notables (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.

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Webber In Ireland


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Webber In 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 settled in Virginia in 1630
  • Rich Webber, who landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Thomas Webber, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1643
  • Clement Webber 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, arrived in New York in 1711
  • Henry Webber, who landed in Virginia in 1712
  • Christian Webber, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1727
  • Daniel Webber, who landed in New England in 1731
  • Hans Geo Webber, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • ... (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
  • Elizabeth Webber, aged 8, landed in New York, NY in 1855
  • Catherine Webber, aged 30, arrived in New York, NY in 1855
  • Charles Webber, who landed in Mississippi in 1857
  • Gustav Webber, who landed in Mississippi in 1860
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • Mr. William Webber U.E. who settled in Bell Vue, Beaver Harbor, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Mr. John George Webber U.E., (Weaver) who settled in Canada c. 1784 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Mr. John George Webber Sr., U.E., (Weaver) who settled in Canada c. 1784 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • John Webber, English convict from Somerset, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • William Wood Webber arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1839 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Lysander.htm
  • Henrietta Webber arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1839 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Lysander.htm
  • Ann Bradford Webber arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1839 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Lysander.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Webber Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Webber landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Lady Nugent
  • Mrs John Webber landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Lady Nugent
  • Edmund Webber landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1843
  • Robert Webber arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1860
  • Harriet Webber arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Anne Dymes" in 1864
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Webber (post 1700)


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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 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Webber Historic Events


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Webber Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Thomas Albert Webber, British Marine, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. M G Webber, British Sub Lieutenant (E) Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Leonard Webber, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

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
  • 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
  • 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

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Suggested Readings for the name Webber


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Suggested Readings for the name Webber



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

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Motto


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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.


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Citations


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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. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ 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
  6. ^ 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
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Lysander.htm

Other References

  1. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  2. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  5. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  8. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  10. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
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The Webber Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Webber 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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