Taylor History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

During the Middle Ages, the surname of Taylor was used in Scotland. While the patronymic and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the name of the father and mother respectively, are the most common form of a hereditary surname in Scotland, occupational surnames also emerged during the late Middle Ages. Many people, such as the Taylor family, adopted the name of their occupation as their surname. However, an occupational name did not become a hereditary surname until the office or type of employment became hereditary. The surname Taylor was an occupational name for a tailor. Interestingly, the name Taylor was originally derived from the Anglo Norman French word taillour, meaning tailor. [1]

Early Origins of the Taylor family

The surname Taylor was first found in many places throughout Scotland. Some of the early records include: Alexander le Tayllur who was valet of Alexander in 1276; John le Taillur who was held the mill of Selkirk as firmar in 1292; and Brice le Taillur who was one of the Scottish prisoners taken at the capture of Dunbar Castle in 1296. The last entry's year is of great significance to the surname and indeed to much of Scotland; for it was that year that King Edward I invaded Scotland and insisted that the native Scots pay homage to him.

Six persons of this name in the counties of Roxburgh, Dumfries, Edinburgh, Lanark, and Angus all rendered homage, 1296. [2] They held lands in Forfar, Cesseworth, Cunningham, Lanark, and Stirling in Scotland.

Early History of the Taylor family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Taylor research. Another 117 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1292, 1376, 1645, 1729, 1920, 1779, 1784, 1850 and are included under the topic Early Taylor History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Taylor Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Taylor, Taylour, Taylur, Tailler, Taillefer and many more.

Early Notables of the Taylor family (pre 1700)

Notable among 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...
Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Taylor Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Taylor family to Ireland

Some of the Taylor family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 60 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 Taylor migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Taylor Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • James Taylor, who emigrated Dumfries to Virginia in the 1600's
  • Achsah Taylor, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630
  • Anto Taylor, aged 26, who landed in Barbados in 1635 [3]
  • Anthony Taylor, who arrived in Virginia in 1637 [3]
  • Alice Taylor, who landed in Virginia in 1653 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Taylor Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Cath Taylor, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [3]
  • Agnes Taylor, who was recorded in South Carolina in 1768
  • Michael Thomas Taylor, who arrived in Maryland in 1773
Taylor Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Andrew Taylor, aged 27, who arrived in New York, NY in 1803 [3]
  • Ann Taylor, who landed in America in 1804 [3]
  • Archibald Taylor, aged 30, who arrived in New York in 1812-1813 [3]
  • Colin F Taylor, aged 25, who arrived in West Indies in 1812 [3]
  • Cohn Falconar Taylor, aged 25, who landed in West Indies in 1812 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Taylor migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Taylor Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mrs. Mary Taylor U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 514 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York, USA [4]
  • Miss. Catherine Taylor D. U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 610 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York, USA [4]
  • Miss. Rebecca Taylor D. U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 611 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York, USA [4]
  • Mr. Matthew Taylor U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 he became a Freeman in 1785 was a Ship-Carpenter [4]
  • Mr. John Taylor U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 he became a Freeman in 1785 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Taylor Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • James Taylor, aged 46, a labourer, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • Margaret Taylor, aged 44, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • Jean Taylor, aged 19, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • Margaret Taylor, aged 17, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • William Taylor, aged 11, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Taylor migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Taylor Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Henry Taylor, English convict from Kent, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • John Taylor, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • William Taylor, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • William Taylor, English convict from Nottingham, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • John Taylor, English convict from Hereford, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Taylor migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Taylor Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Andrew Taylor, Australian settler travelling from Hobart, Tasmania, Australia aboard the ship "Brazil Packet" arriving in New Zealand in 1833 [9]
  • W Taylor, who landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1836
  • H Taylor, who landed in Thames, New Zealand in 1839
  • Henry Taylor, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1839 aboard the ship Success
  • Sam Taylor, who landed in Otaki, New Zealand in 1839
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Taylor (post 1700) +

  • George W. Taylor (1901-1972), American professor of industrial relations at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • James Vernon Taylor (b. 1948), American five-time Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter and guitarist, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015
  • Richard E Taylor (1929-2018), Canadian scientist who won the Nobel Prize for physics in 1990
  • Henry S. Taylor (b. 1942), American poet awarded the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
  • Roosevelt "Rosey" Taylor (1937-2020), American NFL professional football player who played from 1961 to 1972
  • Jeff Taylor (1960-2020), American professional NBA basketball player
  • Charles Elmer "Rip" Taylor Jr. (1935-2019), American actor and comedian, known for his wild moustache, toupee, and his habit of showering himself (and others) with confetti
  • Russi Taylor (1944-2019), American voice actress, best known for her voice work as Minnie Mouse from 1986 and Martin Prince on The Simpsons from 1989 until her death in 2019
  • Nathaniel Taylor (1938-2019), American television and film actor, known for Sanford and Son (1972), Black Girl (1972) and What's Happening!! (1976)
  • George Taylor, American politician from Pennsylvania, signer of the American Declaration of Independence
  • ... (Another 90 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Air New Zealand Flight 901
  • Mr. Douglas Clement Frank Taylor (1923-1979), New Zealander passenger, from Whangarei, North Island, New Zealand aboard the Air New Zealand Flight 901 for an Antarctic sightseeing flight when it flew into Mount Erebus; he died in the crash [10]
Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. Walter Taylor, British Carpenter’s Mate from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [11]
  • Miss Florence Taylor (1902-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [11]
  • Miss Helen Taylor (1896-1914), Canadian First Class Passenger from Montreal, Quebec, Canada who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland [11]
  • Miss Dorothy Taylor (1894-1914), Canadian First Class Passenger from Montreal, Quebec, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [11]
  • Mr. John Taylor (1866-1914), Canadian First Class Passenger from Montreal, Quebec, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [11]
  • ... (Another 1 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Flight 191
  • M Taylor, American passenger from Chicago, Illinois, USA, who flew aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash [12]
Halifax Explosion
  • Mrs. Gladys  Taylor, Canadian resident from Protestant Orphanage, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [13]
  • Master Harold  Taylor (1910-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [13]
  • Mr. William Joseph  Taylor (1884-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [13]
  • Miss Hattie  Taylor, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [13]
  • Mr. Frank  Taylor (1895-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [13]
  • ... (Another 3 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Hillcrest Coal Mine
HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. John Ernest Taylor (1909-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Bardon, Queensland, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [15]
  • Mr. Rupert Allenby Taylor (1919-1941), Australian Leading Stoker from Kingston Beach, Tasmania, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [15]
  • Mr. Kenneth George Taylor (1920-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Mosman Park, Western Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [15]
  • Mr. Keith Taylor (1922-1941), Australian Ordinary Seaman from East Prahran, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [15]
  • Mr. John McLean Taylor (1921-1941), Australian Able Seaman from West Brunswick, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [15]
  • ... (Another 1 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
HMS Dorsetshire
  • Harry Taylor (d. 1945), British Marine aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [16]
  • Victor John Taylor (d. 1945), British Stoker 1st Class aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [16]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Reginald L Taylor (b. 1910), English Musician serving for the Royal Marine Band from Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [17]
  • Mr. William O Taylor (b. 1895), English Commissioned Telegraphist serving for the Royal Navy from Bolton, Lancashire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [17]
  • Mr. William C Taylor (b. 1922), English Ordinary Telegraphist serving for the Royal Navy from Christchurch, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [17]
  • Mr. Lewis J Taylor (b. 1910), English Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Barnstaple, Devonshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [17]
  • Mr. James Taylor (b. 1914), English Stoker 2nd Class serving for the Royal Navy from Rochdale, Lancashire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [17]
  • ... (Another 7 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
HMS Prince of Wales
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Samuel Taylor, British Stoker Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [19]
  • Mr. William Taylor, British Stoker 2ne Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [19]
  • Mr. Frank Taylor, British Petty Officer Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [19]
  • Mr. Clifford Taylor, British Engine Room Artificer 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [19]
  • Mr. Charles Taylor, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [19]
  • ... (Another 4 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
HMS Royal Oak
  • Thomas W.R. Taylor, British Assistant Cook with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [20]
  • William Mcinroy Taylor (1920-1939), British Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [20]
  • Sidney Taylor (d. 1939), British Able Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [20]
  • Reginald John Taylor (1916-1939), British Petty Officer Stoker with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [20]
  • Donald Taylor (1920-1939), British Telegraphist with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [20]
  • ... (Another 1 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Richard Lionel Taylor, Canadian 1st Class Passenger from Montréal, Quebec, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [21]
  • Mr. Chris Taylor, English Trimmer from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [21]
  • Mr. Thomas Taylor, English Trimmer from Kirkdale, Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [21]
  • Mr. Arthur Taylor, Canadian 3rd Class passenger from Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [22]
  • Mrs. Lucy Taylor, English 3rd Class passenger residing in Niagara Falls, New York, USA visiting England on Honeymoon, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 15 [22]
  • ... (Another 3 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Percy Cornelius Taylor (d. 1912), aged 32, English Cellist from London, England who played aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [23]
  • Mr. William Taylor (d. 1912), aged 21, English Boots Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett [23]
  • Mr. George Taylor (d. 1912), aged 24, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [23]
  • Mr. John Henry Taylor (d. 1912), aged 49, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [23]
  • Mr. J. Taylor, aged 42, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 1 [23]
  • ... (Another 5 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Harry Theodore Taylor, American Gunner's Mate Second Class from Indiana, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [24]
  • Mr. Robert Denzil Taylor, American Coxswain from Iowa, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [24]
  • Mr. Aaron Gust Taylor, American Mess Attendant First Class from California, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [24]
  • Mr. Charles Benton Taylor, American Electrician's Mate Third Class from Illinois, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [24]


Suggested Readings for the name Taylor +

  • 13 The Forebearers and Descendants of William Taylor and Mahala Cromwell by Carrie Cathern Carte, From Log Cabins to the White House: A History of the Taylor Family by Mary Taylor Brewer.

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  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
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  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  8. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1820 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1820
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  10. ^ Mount Erebus, Memorial, Roll of Remembrance (Retrieved 2018, February 21st). Retrieved from http://www.erebus.co.nz/memorialandawards/rollofremembrance.aspx
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  15. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  16. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html
  17. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
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  19. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  20. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  21. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  22. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  23. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  24. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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