Webster Information

By admin ~ April 12th, 2010. Filed under: webster.

Webster is a surname of Anglo-Saxon origin which is found chiefly in Yorkshire, Lancashire and the Midlands, and is a variant of the occupational name Webb, which was originally given to a weaver. The derivation is from the Olde English pre 7th Century “wevva”, developed into the Middle English “webbe”, a derivative of “wefan”, to weave. Job-descriptive surnames originally denoted the actual occupation of the namebearer, and later became hereditary.

Noah Webster 1758-1843 is an american lexicographer whose Spelling Book (1783) helped standardize American spelling. His major work, An American Dictionary of the English Language, was originally published in 1828.

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