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What does Webster mean?

Webster Pronunciation of Webster [web-ster] 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.

Associated with: old english, occupational, surnames, 19th century.


Webster has 5 variants: Web, Webb, Webbster, Weber and Weeb.

Creative forms:
(male) Webstern, Welster, ..

(female) Webhel, Webter, ..

Middle name pairings:
Webster Deion (W.D.), ..

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. Demographics)

Displayed below is the birth name history of Webster for boys. Webster was first listed in 1880-1889 and reached its top position of #481 in the U.S. then, but is not listed currently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Webster name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Webster outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Below is a charted analysis of the statistics of the boy name Webster and affiliated names. Webb is the only other popular varying form of Webster. Adoption of these forms of Webster was at its most widespread during 1880-1889 (median #603).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Webster, Webb in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Webster and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Alaster, Aleister, Alester, Alister, Alyster, Buster, Caster, Chester, Coster, Dempster, Dexter, Fester, Forster, Foster, Heber, Jesper, Kester, Krister, Lester, Minster, Nester, Peter, Vester, Walter, Weaver, Webley, Werner, Wernher, Wesley, Wessley, West, Westbey, Westby, Westen, Westerly, Westin, Westley, Weston, Whistler, Winsted, Winsten, Winter, Wistar and Wister. These names tend to be more commonly used than Webster.

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