Webb

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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. [1]
  • Americanized form of various Ashkenazic Jewish cognates, including Weber and Weberman.[2]

Motto

IN ALTA TENDO Principles not Men.

References

  1. Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4
  2. Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4

Links

  • Webb Family Genealogy site - contains a history of the Webb family and extensive genealogy information.
  • Webb Surname DNA Project - Established in September 2002, this project has originally included only Webb family from the southeast, but has expanded to include subjects from all over the globe.
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