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The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland

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Variants: Webbe

  • Current frequencies: GB 52013, Ireland 1014

  • GB frequency 1881: 39875

  • Main GB location 1881: scattered: esp. London

  • Main Irish location 1847–64: Cork; Dublin

English: occupational name from Middle English webbe ‘weaver’ (Old English webba , m., or webbe , f.). Compare Webster, Webber, Weaver.

Early bearers:

Jernagan, Osbert, Wigor Webbe, 1221 in Cotton Tiberius B ii (Suffolk); Elyas le Webbe, 1255 in Oseney Cartulary (Oxon); Alice la Webbe, Webbes, 1337 in Colchester Court Rolls; Rogerus Webbe, 1379 in Poll Tax (Banbury, Oxon); John Webbe, 1488 in Feet of Fines (Whitstable, Kent).

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Webb, 1881 frequency.

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