Early Origins of the Tailard family
Cambridgeshire. The earliest record on the name was Sir Lawrence Taylard, who was listed as being buried at Doddington. His birth date was December 25th 1498, he was presumed to have died in 1573. One of the early arms shows that the family was listed as Knights of the Shire, Lords of the Manor of Diddington, in the honour of Huntingdon. However, there seems to be some disagreement on the spelling of the surname as later records show a descendant claiming the name was spelt as Tayler. Today such disagreements of their surname seem whimsical, but one must remember that at this time in history spelling was not an exact, but personal. The Taylards has a close relationship with the Chapell family. Evidence can still be seen today in a brass rubbing in the Church of St Lawrence, Diddington where a "surcoat" from one of the bearers clearly shows the two families united. Both families were heavily involved in the Church.
Early History of the Tailard family
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Tailard Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Tailard include Taylard, Tayllard, Tailard, Taillard, Tailord and many more.
Early Notables of the Tailard family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Tailard family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled 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 ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Tailard or a variant listed above: William Taylard, who settled in Maryland in 1680; and James Taylar, who arrived in New York, NY in 1867.
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