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During the Middle Ages, the surname of Tail 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 Tail 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 Tail was an occupational name for a tailor. Interestingly, the name Tail was originally derived from the Anglo Norman French word taillour, meaning tailor. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.


Tail Early Origins



The surname Tail 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. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
They held lands in Forfar, Cesseworth, Cunningham, Lanark, and Stirling in Scotland.

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Tail Spelling Variations


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Tail Spelling Variations



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

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Tail Early History


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Tail Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tail 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 Tail History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Tail Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Tail Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable among the family at this time was Edward Taylor (1645-1729), who was hailed as the finest American poet of the 17th century upon the publication of his work in 1920...

Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tail Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Tail In Ireland


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Tail In Ireland



Some of the Tail 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 and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tail Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Margaret Tail, aged 28, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Palmyra" in 1839 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PALMYRA 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Palmyra.htm
  • Martha Tail, aged 31, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Charlotte Jane"
  • William Tail, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Melbourne"

Tail Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Robert Tail, aged 43, a carpenter, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874
  • Joan S. Tail, aged 10, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874
  • Catherine Tail, aged 8, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874
  • Margaret J. Tail, aged 6, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874
  • Robert Tail, aged 3, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PALMYRA 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Palmyra.htm

Other References

  1. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  4. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
  5. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
  6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  7. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  9. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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The Tail Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tail 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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