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 Webbster is an occupational name for a weaver of cloth. The surname Webbster is derived from the Old English word webbestre, which originally meant female weaver. Nevertheless, this name came to commonly refer to male weavers in later times.
Early Origins of the Webbster family
Derbyshire where they held considerable estates at Balsover from about the 13th century.
Early History of the Webbster family
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Webbster 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 Webster, Webstere and others.
Early Notables of the Webbster family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Webbster family to Ireland
Some of the Webbster family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Webbster family to the New World and Oceana
Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Webbster were among those contributors: Charles Webister settled in Ochre Pit Cove, Newfoundland, in 1801; James Webster settled in St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1818; Francis Webster arrived in Virginia in 1635.
The Webbster 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: Fides et justitia
Motto Translation: Faith and justice.
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