Tailforth History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Tailforth family

The surname Tailforth 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 Tailforth family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tailforth research. Another 168 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tailforth History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Tailforth Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Tailefer, Taillefer, Tallifer, Talifer, Taillefait, Tailefait, Taillefere, Tailleferre, Tailefere, Taileferre and many more.

Early Notables of the Tailforth family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Tailforth family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Patrick and Mary Tailfer who settled in Georgia in 1734; Francois Taillefer settled in Louisiana in 1756.



The Tailforth 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


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