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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. 
The surname Taylor was first found in many places throughout Scotland. Some of the early records include: Alexander le Tayllur who was valet of Alexander in 1276; John le Taillur who was held the mill of Selkirk as firmar in 1292; and Brice le Taillur who was one of the Scottish prisoners taken at the capture of Dunbar Castle in 1296. The last entry's year is of great significance to the surname and indeed to much of Scotland; for it was that year that King Edward I invaded Scotland and insisted that the native Scots pay homage to him. Six persons of this name in the counties of Roxburgh, Dumfries, Edinburgh, Lanark, and Angus all rendered homage, 1296.  They held lands in Forfar, Cesseworth, Cunningham, Lanark, and Stirling in Scotland.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Taylor, Taylour, Taylur, Tailler, Taillefer and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Taylor research. Another 235 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1292, 1376, 1645, 1729, 1920, 1779, 1784 and 1850 are included under the topic Early Taylor History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 105 words (8 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 107 words (8 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 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 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 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
Taylor Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- James Taylor, aged 46, a labourer, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
- Margaret Taylor, aged 44, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
- Jean Taylor, aged 19, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
- Margaret Taylor, aged 17, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
- William Taylor, aged 11, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
Taylor Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Henry Taylor, English convict from Kent, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- John Taylor, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- William Taylor, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- William Taylor, English convict from Nottingham, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- John Taylor, English convict from Hereford, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
Taylor Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- W Taylor landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1836
- H Taylor landed in Thames, New Zealand in 1839
- Henry Taylor landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1839 aboard the ship Success
- Sam Taylor landed in Otaki, New Zealand in 1839
- Henry Taylor arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Success" in 1839
- Jerry Wayne Taylor (1937-2016), American politician and businessman, Member of the Arkansas House of Representatives (2001-2005) and Senate (2005-2012), Mayor of Pine Bluff (1992-2000)
- Arthur Robert Taylor (1935-2015), American businessman, President of CBS, Inc. (1972-1976)
- President Zachary Taylor (1784-1850), American politician, 12th American President
- Gardner Calvin Taylor (1918-2015), American preacher and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
- Dallas Woodrow Taylor Jr. (1948-2015), American session drummer, best known as the drummer on Crosby, Stills and Nash's debut album, Crosby, Stills & Nash (1969)
- Master Stanley Robert Taylor, American 2nd Class passenger from Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
- Mrs. Annie Sarah Taylor (d. 1915), American 2nd Class passenger from Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
- M Taylor, American passenger from Chicago, Illinois, USA, who flew aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash on May 25, 1979
- Austin Starke Taylor Jr. (1922-2014), American politician, Mayor of Dallas, Texas (1983-1987)
- Mabel Taylor, American Olympic sliver medalist for archery at the 1904 games
- 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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