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Origins of the Webster surname

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What does the name Webster mean?

The origin of the Webster surname is English and Scottish, predominantly found in England. It is hypothesised to be an occupational name, deriving from the Old English 'webester' or 'webbestre' (weaver). It would have been given to those who worked with and wove cloth, and their lineage.

Alternative variations of the name Webster

Webster, Webbster, Wobster, Wabster, Webstor

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Where do most Websters live?

In 1921, most Websters lived in Yorkshire.

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Interesting facts about Websters

How common is your surname?

123rd most common surname in the UK

We have 258,000 records for the Webster surname. The oldest one dates back to 1300.

Who were Websters most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Webster first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Websters

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

Common Female occupations for Websters in 1921


Domestic Servant


Living On Own Means




General Servant Domestic


Common Male occupations for Websters in 1921
Coal Miner




General Labourer


Agricultural Labourer


Coal Miner Hewer


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