What does Webster mean?
Webster /web-ster/ [2 sylls.] as a boys' name is pronounced WEB-ster. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Webster is "weaver".
The -ster ending on English occupational surnames like Webster and Brewster shows that the work was originally a female occupation. The occupations were then taken over by males, and the names were adopted too. Lexicographer Noah Webster produced the first American dictionary in 1828. Mostly 19th-century use. Statesman Daniel Webster.
How popular is Webster?
Webster is an uncommonly occurring given name for males but a very prominent last name for all people (#418 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Webster for boys. Webster was first listed in 1880-1889 and reached its top position of #479 in the U.S. then, but is not listed currently. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of the boy name Webster and affiliated names. Bruce (#401 the previous year) and Webb are the popular varying forms of Webster. Adoption of these boy names was at its most widespread during 1880-1889 (usage of 0.5217%) and is now much lower (usage 0.1997%, ▼61.7%), with the versions Bruce, Webb and Webster becoming less stylish. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)