Explore the Family Name Webber

The meaning of Webber

1. English (Devon and Somerset): occupational name for a weaver, from Middle English webber, an agent derivative of Webb. 2. Americanized form of German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) Weber ‘weaver’.

Dictionary of American Family Names, 2nd edition, © Oxford University Press, 2022.

How common is the last name Webber in the United States?

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census, the surname Webber has seen some changes in its popularity between 2000 and 2010. In 2000, Webber was ranked as the 1,228th most common surname in the U.S., but by 2010, it had dropped to the 1,335th spot, indicating a decrease in popularity of 8.71%. Despite this, the actual count of people with this surname slightly increased from 26,178 in 2000 to 26,405 in 2010, showing a modest growth of 0.87%. The proportion of people named Webber per 100k also declined by 7.73%.

Proportion per 100k9.78.95-7.73%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Webber

The Decennial U.S. Census data also provides insight into the ethnicity associated with the surname Webber. Between 2000 and 2010, there was a notable increase amongst those who identify as two or more races (from 1.33% to 1.83%) and Hispanic (from 1.99% to 2.82%). The proportion of individuals identifying as Asian/Pacific Islander remained relatively stable, while the percentage of Black individuals increased marginally from 10.65% to 11.39%. However, the proportion of those identifying as White decreased slightly from 84.83% to 82.78%, and those identifying as American Indian and Alaskan Native also saw a small decrease over the decade.

Two or More Races1.33%1.83%37.59%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.58%0.59%1.72%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.61%0.59%-3.28%

Webber ancestry composition

23andMe computes an ancestry breakdown for each customer. People may have ancestry from just one population or they may have ancestry from several populations. The most commonly-observed ancestry found in people with the surname Webber is British & Irish, which comprises 50.2% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (25.5%) and Eastern European (4.7%). Additional ancestries include Scandinavian, Ashkenazi Jewish, Italian, Spanish & Portuguese, and Nigerian.

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British & Irish50.2%
French & German25.5%
Eastern European4.7%

Possible origins of the surname Webber

Your DNA provides clues about where your recent ancestors may have lived. Having many distant relatives in the same location suggests that you may all share common ancestry there. Locations with many distant relatives can also be places where people have migrated recently, such as large cities. If a large number of individuals who share your surname have distant relatives in a specific area, it could indicate a connection between your surname and that location, stemming from either recent ancestral ties or migration.

Based on 23andMe data, people with last name Webber have recent ancestry locations in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Greater London, United Kingdom85.60%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom85.30%
Merseyside, United Kingdom85.20%
West Midlands, United Kingdom84.90%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom84.70%

What Webber haplogroups can tell you

Haplogroups are genetic population groups that share a common ancestor on either your paternal or maternal line. These paternal and maternal haplogroups shed light on your genetic ancestry and help tell the story of your family.

The top paternal haplogroup of people with the surname Webber is R-U152, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-U152 is descended from haplogroup R-M343. Other common haplogroups include R-CTS241 and I-Z138, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Bowers, Weber, Knight, Dennis, Beck, Fletcher, Goodman, Thompson, Mueller, Miller.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Webber surname are: H1, T2b, H. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

webberPaternal Haplogroup Origins R-M343

Your maternal lineage may be linked to Marie Antoinette

Because it is so dominant in the general European population, haplogroup H also appears quite frequently in the continent's royal houses. Marie Antoinette, an Austrian Hapsburg who married into the French royal family, inherited the haplogroup from her maternal ancestors. So did Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, whose recorded genealogy traces his female line to Bavaria. Scientists also discovered that famed 16th century astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus traced his maternal lineages to haplogroup H.

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What do people with the surname Webber have in common?

Spoiler alert: it's complicated. People with the same last name are usually no more genetically similar than a randomly sampled group of people from the same population. That said, people with the same surname are more likely to have similar ancestries than randomly sampled individuals. The reason is the tendency of people with similar cultural or geographical backgrounds to preferentially mate with one another. That's why people who share a surname may be more likely to share traits and tendencies in common than people within the general population. Check out the percentages below to see the prevalences of tastes, habits, and traits of people with your surname compared with prevalences among 23andMe users.



Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"Webber" Surname 35.9%

23andMe Users 41.3%




When sounds made by others, like the sound of chewing or yawning, provoke strong emotional reactions in an individual.

"Webber" Surname 30.1%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Webber" Surname 22.4%

23andMe Users 21.1%




A severe headache characterized by intense pain, sensitivity to light and sound, and often accompanied by nausea and vomiting.

"Webber" Surname 17.4%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Webber?

The short answer is that, if there is an association between surname and health, it's usually more about your ancestry than your name. Individuals with a given surname are no more genetically similar than the general population but often have similar ancestries. The populations of people associated with those shared ancestries often have sets of genetic variations, also known as alleles, in common. Some of those alleles are associated with a greater likelihood of developing certain diseases.

Disease variant frequency by ancestry

Disease allele frequencies in populations associated with the surname Webber are shown below. Important Note: not everyone with a disease allele will develop these health condition

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Y402H variant

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of irreversible vision loss among older adults. The disease results in damage to the central part of the retina (the macula), impairing vision needed for reading, driving, or even recognizing faces. The 23andMe Health + Ancestry DNA test includes the two most common variants associated with an increased risk of developing the condition: the Y402H variant in the CFH gene and the A69S variant in the ARMS2 gene. Learn more about Age-Related Macular Degeneration

British & Irish 62.1%

23andMe Users 57.2%