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Meaning and Origin of: Webster

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Old English : Weaver

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Last name origin & meaning:

  • English (chiefly Yorkshire, Lancashire, and the Midlands) and Scottish : occupational name for a weaver, early Middle English webber, agent derivative of Webb.
  • The name Webster was brought to North America from England independently by several different bearers in the 17th and 18th centuries. One John Webster settled in Ipswich, MA, in 1635; another John Webster (d. 1661), ancestor of the lexicographer Noah Webster, emigrated to Cambridge, MA, in about 1631 and later became one of the founders of the colony of CT, of which he was appointed governor in 1656.