What is the origin of weight class names?

Heavy and lightweight are obvious but what about welter, bantam and straw?

I've heard welter began as heavy horse jockey but no confirmation.

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1ban┬Ětam
Pronunciation: \?ban-t?m<br>Function: noun
Etymology: Bantam, former residency in Java
Date: 1740
1 : any of numerous small domestic fowls that are often miniatures of members of the standard breeds 2 : a person of diminutive stature and often combative disposition Phone Post 3.0

what weighs more a pound of feathers or a pound of bricks?

groundfighter2000 - what weighs more a pound of feathers or a pound of bricks?


Probably water.

I think its the WFA weight class that really needs to be covered here. Phone Post 3.0