Tayloe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Tayloe is one of the many names that came to England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name is derived from the Old French "tailleor" or "tailleur," meaning "a tailor." [1]

Early Origins of the Tayloe family

The surname Tayloe was first found in Sussex, and in Kent where there is record in the "Archaeologia Cantiana" of Walter Taylur in circa 1180. William le Taillur was recorded in the Pipe Rolls of Somerset in 1182, and John le talliur is listed in the Assize Rolls of London in 1202. [2]

"William Tallator had a grant at Southampton; and also in Kent from King John. The family then became seated in Kent and Sussex. in 1307 Henry le Taillur was of Sussex and in 1324 William Taylor was M.P. from Bramber, as was Richard Taylor in 1379." [3]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list the following: Henry Taliur in Norfolk; Cecil le Tayllour in Cambridgeshire; Roger le Taylur in Lincolnshire; and Richard le Taylor in Northumberland. [4]

Early History of the Tayloe family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tayloe research. Another 107 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1601, 1602, 1645, 1729, 1920, 1613, 1667, 1641, 1621, 1629, 1620, 1667, 1661, 1667, 1649, 1699, 1779 and are included under the topic Early Tayloe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Tayloe Spelling Variations

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Tayloe family name include Taylor, Taylour, Taylur, Tailler, Taillefer and many more.

Early Notables of the Tayloe family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst 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; Jeremy Taylor (1613-1667) English cleric in the Church of England; Richard Taylor (died 1641), an English lawyer and politician who sat in...
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Ireland Migration of the Tayloe family to Ireland

Some of the Tayloe family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 62 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Tayloe migration to the United States +

To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Tayloe family to immigrate North America:

Tayloe Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Joseph Tayloe, who landed in Virginia in 1653 [5]
  • William Taylor (1645-1710), from London who immigrated to the Colony of Virginia in the 17th century, he was the progenitor of the famous Tayloe plantation owners [5]
Tayloe Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Tayloe, who arrived in Virginia in 1710 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Tayloe (post 1700) +

  • John Tayloe I (1688-1747), American plantation owner and businessmen in Virginia
  • John Tayloe I (1688-1747), American plantation owner and businessmen in Virginia
  • Benjamin Ogle Tayloe (1796-1868), American businessman, diplomat, co-eponym of the Willard v. Tayloe contract law case in 1869
  • John Tayloe III (1770-1828), American prominent businessman, plantation owner
  • Colonel John Tayloe II (1721-1779), American richest plantation owner in Virginia at that time
  • W. H. Tayloe, American politician, Delegate to Alabama convention to ratify 21st amendment from Perry County, 1933 [6]
  • George Plater Tayloe (1804-1887), American politician, Delegate to Virginia secession convention, 1861 [6]
  • William Tayloe Murphy Jr. (1933-2021), American Virginia lawyer and Democratic politician who served part time as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates between 1982 and 2000, as well as Secretary of Natural Resources under Governor Mark Warner from 2002-2006
  • Nellie Tayloe Ross (1876-1977), American politician, Governor of Wyoming

  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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