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The surname Saylor is derived from the Old Norman French word "sailleor," which denotes a "leaper" or "dancer." Thus the name was most likely originally born by someone whose occupation was that of a dancer or entertainer.
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Saylor, Sayler, Saylur, Sailor, Sailer and others.
First found in Yorkshire where Herbert le Sayllur was on record in "Early Yorkshire Charters" dating from 1191 to 1210. "The surname is very rare indeed. This is not a little singular, considering the commonness of the employment. In the Hundredorum Rolls we have it in the forms of Le Sailliur, Le Saylliur, and Le Saler." 
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Saylor research. Another 183 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1275, 1327, 1327 and 1790 are included under the topic Early Saylor History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Saylor Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Saylor family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Saylor or a variant listed above:
Saylor Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Saylor Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Saylor Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Saylor Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
The Saylor Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Saylor 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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