Show ContentsTaillon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Atlantic Ocean to the north and west and the English Channel to the south borders Cornwall, the homeland to the Taillon family name. Even though the usage of surnames was common during the Middle Ages, all English people were known only by a single name in early times. The manner in which hereditary surnames arose is interesting. Local surnames are derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. The Taillon family originally lived in the parish of Talland in the county of Cornwall. 1 2

Early Origins of the Taillon family

The surname Taillon was first found in East Cornwall at Talland, a parish, in the union of Liskeard, hundred of West. 3

Early History of the Taillon family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Taillon research. Another 39 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1150, 1160, 1180, 1619, 1642, 1663, 1685 and 1708 are included under the topic Early Taillon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Taillon Spelling Variations

Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and 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 of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Tallent, Talent, Tallen, Tallon, Tallant, Talant and others.

Early Notables of the Taillon family

Notable amongst the family at this time was Francis Tallents (1619-1708), non-conforming English Presbyterian clergyman from North Wingfield, Derbyshire, who was under suspicion after Monmouth's rebellion in 1685, having to lodge...
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Taillon Ranking

In Quebec, Canada, the name Taillon is the 821st most popular surname. 4

Ireland Migration of the Taillon family to Ireland

Some of the Taillon family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Canada Taillon migration to Canada +

Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Taillon or a variant listed above:

Taillon Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Olivier Taillon, son of Gilles and Barbe, who married Madeleine Cochon, daughter of Jean and Madeleine, in Château-Richer, Quebec on 24th November 1671 5
Taillon Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Joseph-Jacques Taillon, son of Olivier and Madeleine, who married Marie-Anne Lebel, daughter of Jean and Anne, in Rivière-Ouelle, Quebec on 26th November 1708 5
  • Guillaume Taillon, who married Anne Gagnon in Château-Richer, Quebec in 1710
  • Guillaume Taillon, son of Olivier and Madeleine, who married Anne Gagnon, daughter of Noel and Geneviève, in Château-Richer, Quebec on 11th November 1710 5
  • Pierre Taillon, son of Olivier and Madeleine, who married Marie-Jeanne Baron, daughter of Jacques and Catherine, in Saint-Nicolas, Quebec on 9th November 1716 5
  • Jean-François Taillon, son of Olivier and Madeleine, who married Marie-Antoinette Charles, daughter of Clément and Marie, in Quebec on 20th November 1717 5
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Contemporary Notables of the name Taillon (post 1700) +

  • Jameson Taillon (b. 1991), American Major League Baseball pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Jacinthe Taillon (b. 1977), Canadian competitor in synchronized swimming and Olympic bronze medalist at the 2000 Summer Olympics
  • Gilles Taillon (b. 1945), Canadian politician, teacher and businessman in Quebec, Leader of the Action démocratique du Québec in 2009
  • Sir Louis-Oliver Taillon (1840-1923), Canadian politician, 8th Premier of Quebec in 1887 and from 1892 to 1896

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  3. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. "The first 1,000 family names by rank, Quebec (in French only)" Institut de la statistique du Quebec,
  5. Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958. on Facebook