The surname Webster is of English origin. It was an occupational name for a weaver, derived from the early Middle English ‘webbe’, from the Old English ‘webba’; derived from ‘wefan’, to weave. In the Middle Ages in England during the centuries that surnames were becoming hereditary the weaving of coarse cloth was the chief industry. The mainstay of the British farmer was sheep and the country was famed for its wool. Most of the early skilful weavers were Flemings who had the dexterity to settle into the woolen industry. From the entire woolen industry in the Middle Ages sprang many surnames, such as; Card, who smoothed the fibers, Spinner, who spun the wool, Spindler made the spindles, Wheeler the spinning wheels, and Taylor, who made the clothing. The surname has been used by Jewish people as an anglicization of like sounding Hebrew names. The name dates back to the twelfth century were a John le Webestere is recorded in historical archives. The name was brought to America predominately by English immigrants. One of the first fore fathers to bring this nam… Coat of arms: Sable a cross…
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