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Family spelling variants includes Taylor, Tailor, Taylour, Tailyour, Tayler, Tayleur

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This is an English surname but of French origins. It derives from the word "tailleur" meaning "a cutter-out of cloth", the surname being adopted from the medieval job description after the 12th century. It is said that over the centuries its numbers have been swelled by its adoption as the English forms of various equivalent continental names such as Schneider, Szabo, and Portnov, which have entered into Britain mainly as refugee names.

Taylor (Tailor, Taylour, Tailyour, Tayler, Tayleur) – English derived from Anglo-Norman French/Middle English taillor ‘tailor’, from Old French tailleur. In Late Latin, taliator was derived from taliare, meaning ‘to cut’. 

In 1881, widespread population was 189,341, most predominantly in Lancashire and West Yorkshire with an estimated 16,000 population in each county. In Bristol there were approximately 4,000 residing there. Just to take one southern and one midland county, Kent had 5, 348 bearers and Nottinghamshire had 3, 204 in 1881.

A very early bearer in Kent was one Walter Taylur, recorded in Archaeologia Cantiana (Kent) in 1180. Another early recorded Taylor is William le Taillur, who was recorded in the Pipe Rolls (Somerset) in 1182.

In Wales, the surname was historically more generally seen in the larger towns where trading connections with English communities had been established, and along the border with England.

Today Taylor is the fourth most common surname in the British Isles with a population of 250,000.

Taylor was also adopted by other Europeans in Britain and the USA as anglicisations of Schneider, Szabo and Portnov. Isaac Taylor, in the 1881 Census for Leeds, was born in Poland and Jacob Taylor in the Census for Liverpool was born in Germany.

In Great Britain, farming was the most popular of occupations, followed by Agricultural Labour, Labour and Coal Mining.

Most of the early forms of the surname are obsolete.  However, a Mr. Taylor, of Kent who had changed his name to Tayleure, once haughtily demanded of a farmer the name of his dog, the man replied, "Why, sir, his proper name is Jowler, but since he's a consequential kind of puppy, we calls him Jouleure!"

On the other hand, Henry Taylor of Kent was a convict who was transported aboard the Ann to New South Wales in 1809.  

The Latin motto on the arms, 'Fide non Timet', means 'Faith not Fear'.



1881, 1891 Census The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland, P.Hanks, Coats, McClure OUP 2016. 

Dictionary of American Family Homes, P Hanks OUP 2003

Homes of Family Names in Great Britain, H.B. Guppy, London 1890

Queensland Library, Australia http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809

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    Sarah M Taylor

    My name is Sarah Taylor. My dad's name is David Taylor and my Grandfather's name is Clarence Taylor who died in 1978 in Missouri. I don't know much after that.

    Ginger Becker

    James Taylor came from Ireland. Born about 1848. The story indicates he came from Cork but had Scottish roots. DNA testing supports this claim. Cork, Clare, Donegal, Dublin, Antrim, Mayo, Laois, Glasgow, London, and a few other locations showed up. He married Sarah Thompson who came from Belfast. They emigrated to the states and settled in Southbend, Indiana. They had Harry/Henry Taylor who is my great grandfather. He ended up in Manasquan, NJ. Several members of the family remain in that area. James Taylor died 4 Nov 1882 South Bend, St Joseph, Indiana, USA. Unfortunately, names like James Taylor and Sarah Thompson prove difficult to trace.

    William Taylor

    My name is William Taylor. My great grand father, also named William Taylor, left County Clare, Ireland in 1847, the Black 47. He settled in Boston. His marriage and death records state that his father's name was John Taylor. The ship passenger list stated he travelled with a Thomas and James or Jane Taylor. Trying to locate the parish or town in County Clare they came from. Thank you.

    Dave Taylor

    Looking for the mother and father of Isaac Taylor born on the boat 1801 to America, finally ending in Rockbridge, VA. The family sailed from Belfast Ireland.


    William W. Taylor whose father was Benjamin Ogle! William was born in 1797 in Ireland and died in 1848 in USA. He was my 4th Great Grandfather.

    Cindy Taylor

    The Taylor side of our family is a huge mystery, I am not sure if my family has any Irish roots but I would like to find out about my Great Grandfather Richard Charles Taylor and his family line. He was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa on the 17th January 1886. He died in Johannesburg on the 30th March 1967. He was married to Rhoda Stuart Rowe (Born 1889, Cornwall). They had 6/7 children (Annie, George, ~Ronald, Dorothy, Norman, Richard and ?) and one of them was my grandfather Ronald Edwin Taylor. Richard was a Engine Driver for S.A.R.&H. And that is all I know. If anyone has information on him or his family and maybe where his ancestry comes from, I would be greatly appreciative.

    Shirley T Odom

    I have traced my ancertry through DNA to Isaac Taylor (Sr) born 1710 Antrim, Armaugh, Ulster, Ireland He married Isabell Wilson in 1730 in Ireland She was born before 1713 in County Armaugh, Ireland They 6 sons John b 1731; Andrew b 1733; Isaac Jr b 1734; William b 1736; George b 1738; and 2 daughters Lettice b 1732 and Elizabeth b1748. All children were born in Ireland EXCEPT Elizabeth who was born in Augusta County, VA, I researched but cannot verify Isaac's father as either William or Nathaniel (dont know if same person) Does anyone have any information or can lead me in the correct direcgtion?


    Robert Taylor, born in Dublin, Ireland

    Timothy R. Harr

    Susan Taylor, William Nathaniel Taylor born c 1671 is my 7th GGF too. I was born in Carter County TN. Isaac Nathaniel Taylor born 1710 is my 6th GGF. Julia Alice Taylor Hart 1850-1930 is my great grandmother. Please contact me and we can discuss family connections. I've connected with several other Taylor relatives. I've researched the line all the way back to the 7th century to France.

    Christy Marshall

    Hi all, I had my DNA tested and it showed me to be 50% British/Irish 27% French/German 16% Broadly European. My dad is Jimmy Don Taylor his dad was Willie D Taylor I don’t know much more than that. I do know Willie had brothers and sisters.


    Hello! So my dad just had his DNA tested and his results show he is 24% Irish, my dads mothers maiden name is Taylor, Willie Lee from Tennessee. Courious as to our anestery and our coloring of black to dark brown hair, brown eyes and olive colored skin that came from my grandmother Willie L. Taylor. Any insight ? The remaining DNA is of whales and northwestern Europe.

    Margaret Taylor

    To Susan Taylor. After working with William Nathaniel Taylor more I think maybe his mother was Francis Walker 1640–1680 BIRTH 1640 • Accomack Co, VA DEATH 22 SEP 1680 • King and Queen Co, VA 7th great-grandmother She seems to turn up more in the hints. Hope this helps you.

    Margaret Taylor

    To Susan Taylor. I have William Nathaniel Taylor 1671–1781 BIRTH 1671 • Armagh, Ireland DEATH 6 FEB 1781 • Rockbridge, Virginia, United States 6th great-grandfather his father James Taylor 1635–1698 BIRTH 12 FEB 1635 • Carlisle, Cumberland, England DEATH 30 APR 1698 • King & Queen, Virginia, United States of America 7th great-grandfather His mother Elizabeth Underwood 1648–1673 BIRTH 1648 • England, Essex, Virginia, USA DEATH 5 JUL 1673 • England, Essex, Virginia, US 7th great-grandmother

    Margaret Taylor

    Looking for the family of Thomas J Taylor and Margaret Lee Brakebill. They had a son William Franklin Taylor born in Springfield Missouri December 4, 1876. Have nothing past that except Margaret died shortly after William was born and October 16, 1912 William married Emma Lena Hale.

    Susan Taylor

    I am looking for the family of William Nathaniel Taylor (or Nathaniel Taylor) born in Autrim, Ireland in 1671. He is my 7th Great-Father. I am trying to find out who his parents were but have not had much success.

    Anthony Barrett

    (Part 1 of 3) The Taylor name can be found in the British Isles, but one of its origins according to DNA is from the north-west coast of the Emerald Island. One Taylor story [dominated by DNA tribal marker R1b-L513, Subgroup A1] can trace their origins to the Finn Valley in Donegal, Ireland from 50 BCE. Perhaps the journey begins with the Clanna Dedad; Deda, son of Sen or Deda Mac Sin. This Taylor surname origin is from a Northern Ui Neill [R1b-L513] tribe. The Cenél Eoghan and the tribes of Donegal conquered much of Ulster (Derry and Tyrone).

    Anthony Barrett

    (Part 2 of 3) Cenél Eoghan will expand across northern Ireland with their cousins Cenél Conaill and the Northern Ui Neill between 500-800 BCE. The clans of Finn Valley have the same DNA as people from Gwynedd in Brittany. But how could this be? Recent discoveries from DNA testing are unlocking the migration patterns of Celtic tribes as late as 800 CE to 1200 CE. The Taylor story begins in pre-history Ireland then moves to Scotland as they form part of the Dalriada. Descendants of their tribe will then travel to Brittany, France during the Dark Ages.

    Anthony Barrett

    (Part 3 of 3) Discover their newly found untold story and how forgotten texts bring their story back to life. From the ebook, “The Tribe Within” learn how DNA unfolds this amazing tale and if you look in the right places, how history narrates this evidence. There is another written account of their story, but it is camouflaged in smoke and myth – it will become the tales of King Arthur. Come follow in the footsteps of Deda Mac Sin and visit https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/401207


    Looking for the family of Robert Patrick Taylor. He was born in 1868 in County Cavan Ireland. As far as I know his fathers name was James and his mothers name was Mary.

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