Origins Available: French
Early Origins of the Tailfer family
The surname Tailfer was first found in Normandy
(French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy
. William III Taillefer (also spelled Tallefer or Tallifer; c.970-1037) was the Count of Toulouse, Albi, and Quercy (c.972-1037.) Perhaps the most famous member of the family was the jester of Duke William of Normandy
who amused the troops at Hastings before the battle by brandishing swords in view of the English troops. He "accidentally" slew first one, then a standard bearer, and a third time was killed himself. Meanwhile William Fulco and Robert Tailefer were recorded in Normandy
in 1180, and carried on their respective lineage.
Early History of the Tailfer family
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Tailfer Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Tailefer, Taillefer, Tallifer, Talifer, Taillefait, Tailefait, Taillefere, Tailleferre, Tailefere, Taileferre and many more.
Early Notables of the Tailfer family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Tailfer family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Tailfer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Patrick Tailfer, who landed in Georgia in 1733 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- Patrick and Mary Tailfer who settled in Georgia in 1734
The Tailfer Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Non quot, sed uri
Motto Translation: Not many, but to burn