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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

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Where did the Scottish Taylor family come from? What is the Scottish Taylor family crest and coat of arms? When did the Taylor family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Taylor family history?

During the Middle Ages, the surname of Taylor was used in Scotland. While the patronymic and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the name of the father and mother respectively, are the most common form of a hereditary surname in Scotland, occupational surnames also emerged during the late Middle Ages. Many people, such as the Taylor family, adopted the name of their occupation as their surname. However, an occupational name did not become a hereditary surname until the office or type of employment became hereditary. The surname Taylor was an occupational name for a tailor. Interestingly, the name Taylor was originally derived from the Anglo Norman French word taillour, meaning tailor.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Taylor, Taylour, Taylur, Tailler, Taillefer and many more.

First found in Kent, England, where the Taylor family was granted lands by King William for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Taylor research. Another 333 words(24 lines of text) covering the years 1292, 1296, 1645, 1729, 1779, 1784, and 1850 are included under the topic Early Taylor History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 60 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Taylor Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Taylor family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 94 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Taylor Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • James Taylor, who emigrated Dumfries to Virginia in the 1600's
  • Achsah Taylor, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630
  • Anto Taylor, aged 26, landed in Barbados in 1635
  • Anthony Taylor, who arrived in Virginia in 1637
  • Alice Taylor, who landed in Virginia in 1653

Taylor Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Cath Taylor, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • Agnes Taylor, who was recorded in South Carolina in 1768
  • Michael Thomas Taylor, who arrived in Maryland in 1773

Taylor Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Andrew Taylor, aged 27, arrived in New York, NY in 1803
  • Ann Taylor, who landed in America in 1804
  • Archibald Taylor, aged 30, arrived in New York in 1812-1813
  • Colin F Taylor, aged 25, arrived in West Indies in 1812
  • Cohn Falconar Taylor, aged 25, landed in West Indies in 1812


  • Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor (1932-2011), famous actress who is as well-known for her highly publicized personal life as she is for her long film career
  • Deems Taylor (1885-1966), American composer
  • Billy Taylor (b. 1921), American jazz pianist, composer, and educator currently the Robert L. Jones Distinguished Professor of Music at East Carolina University
  • Margaret Smith Taylor (1788-1852), wife of American President Zachary Taylor
  • Robert Taylor (1911-1969), American film and television actor
  • James Bayard Taylor (1825-1878), American travel-writer
  • Angelo F. Taylor (b. 1978), American athlete, winner of 400 m hurdles at the 2000 and 2008 Summer Olympics
  • Cecil Percival Taylor (b. 1933), American avant garde pianist
  • Frederick Winslow Taylor (1856-1915), American engineer
  • Henry S. Taylor (1942-1886), American poet awarded the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry



  • The Forebearers and Descendants of William Taylor and Mahala Cromwell by Carrie Cathern Carte.
  • From Log Cabins to the White House: A History of the Taylor Family by Mary Taylor Brewer.

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The Taylor Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Taylor Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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