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Origins of the Webb surname

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What does the name Webb mean?

The origin of the Webb surname is English and Scottish. It is believed to be occupational, deriving from the Middle English 'webbe/webba' (weaver), as seen in the Canterbury Tales. The surname Webb would be given to those who worked with and wove cloth, and their descendants.

Alternative variations of the name Webb

Webb, Web, Webbe, Webe, Wibb

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Where do most Webbs live?

In 1921, most Webbs lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Webbs

How common is your surname?

71st most common surname in the UK

We have 434,000 records for the Webb surname. The oldest one dates back to .

Who were Webbs most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Webb first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Webbs

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Webbs in 1921




General Servant Domestic


Domestic Servant


General Servant


Common Male occupations for Webbs in 1921
Agricultural Labourer


General Labourer




Farm Labourer




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