Meaning and Origin of: Webb

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First name origins & meanings:

  • English : Weaver
  • Old English : Weaver

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Last name origin & meaning:

  • English and Scottish : occupational name for a weaver, early Middle English webbe, from Old English webba (a primary derivative of wefan ‘to weave’; compare Weaver 1). This word survived into Middle English long enough to give rise to the surname, but was already obsolescent as an agent noun; hence the secondary forms with the agent suffixes -er and -ster.
  • Americanized form of various Ashkenazic Jewish cognates, including Weber and Weberman.
  • Richard Webb, a Lowland Scot, was an admitted freeman of Boston in 1632, and in 1635 was one of the first settlers of Hartford, CT.

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