First name origins & meanings:
- English: Weaver
- Old English: Weaver
First name variations: Weber, Webley, Webster
Last name origins & meanings:
- 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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