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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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.


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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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
They held lands in Forfar, Cesseworth, Cunningham, Lanark, and Stirling in Scotland.

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


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Taylor research. Another 235 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1292, 1376, 1645, 1729, 1920, 1779, 1784 and 1850 are included under the topic Early Taylor History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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.

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Some of the Taylor family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 107 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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, landed in Barbados in 1635
  • Anthony Taylor, who arrived in Virginia in 1637
  • Alice Taylor, who landed in Virginia in 1653
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Taylor Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Cath Taylor, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • 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, arrived in New York, NY in 1803
  • Ann Taylor, who landed in America in 1804
  • Archibald Taylor, aged 30, arrived in New York in 1812-1813
  • Colin F Taylor, aged 25, arrived in West Indies in 1812
  • Cohn Falconar Taylor, aged 25, landed in West Indies in 1812
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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 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • 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]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • 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 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Matthew Taylor U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 he became a Freeman in 1785 was a Ship-Carpenter [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Oliver Taylor U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
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Taylor Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Taylor, aged 46, a labourer, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • Margaret Taylor, aged 44, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • Jean Taylor, aged 19, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • Margaret Taylor, aged 17, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • William Taylor, aged 11, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
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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
  • John Taylor, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • William Taylor, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • William Taylor, English convict from Nottingham, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • John Taylor, English convict from Hereford, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
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Taylor Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • W Taylor landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1836
  • H Taylor landed in Thames, New Zealand in 1839
  • Henry Taylor landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1839 aboard the ship Success
  • Sam Taylor landed in Otaki, New Zealand in 1839
  • Henry Taylor arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Success" in 1839
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  • Jack Crawford Taylor (1922-2016), American billionaire businessman, founder of Enterprise Rent-A-Car Company
  • Jerry Wayne Taylor (1937-2016), American politician and businessman, Member of the Arkansas House of Representatives (2001-2005) and Senate (2005-2012), Mayor of Pine Bluff (1992-2000)
  • Arthur Robert Taylor (1935-2015), American businessman, President of CBS, In c. (1972-1976)
  • President Zachary Taylor (1784-1850), American politician, 12th American President
  • Gardner Calvin Taylor (1918-2015), American preacher and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Dallas Woodrow Taylor Jr. (1948-2015), American session drummer, best known as the drummer on Crosby, Stills and Nash's debut album, Crosby, Stills & Nash (1969)
  • Austin Starke Taylor Jr. (1922-2014), American politician, Mayor of Dallas, Texas (1983-1987)
  • Mabel Taylor, American Olympic sliver medalist for archery at the 1904 games
  • Louise Taylor, American winner of an Olympic gold medal for archery at the 1904 games
  • George Taylor, of Pennsylvania, signer of the American Declaration of Independence
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Taylor Historic Events



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 on May 29th 1914
  • 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 on May 29th 1914
  • Miss Helen Taylor (1896-1914), Canadian First Class Passenger from Montreal, Quebec, Canada who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland on May 29th 1914
  • 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 on May 29th 1914
  • 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 on May 29th 1914
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Flight 191

  • M Taylor, American passenger from Chicago, Illinois, USA, who flew aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash on May 25, 1979

Halifax Explosion

  • Mrs. Gladys  Taylor, Canadian resident from Protestant Orphanage, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Master Harold  Taylor (1910-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. William Joseph  Taylor (1884-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Miss Hattie  Taylor, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Frank  Taylor (1895-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
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Hillcrest Coal Mine

  • Mr. Thomas Taylor (1873-1914), English Overman/Miner from Stalybridge, Lancashire,, England, United Kingdom who worked in the Hillcrest Coal Mine, Alberta, Canada and died in the mine collapse on June 19 1914

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. John Ernest Taylor (1909-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Bardon, Queensland, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Rupert Allenby Taylor (1919-1941), Australian Leading Stoker from Kingston Beach, Tasmania, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Kenneth George Taylor (1920-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Mosman Park, Western Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Keith Taylor (1922-1941), Australian Ordinary Seaman from East Prahran, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Mr. John McLean Taylor (1921-1941), Australian Able Seaman from West Brunswick, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
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HMS Hood

  • Mr. Reginald L Taylor (b. 1910), English Musician serving for the Royal Marine Band from Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. William O Taylor (b. 1895), English Commissioned Telegraphist serving for the Royal Navy from Bolton, Lancashire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. William C Taylor (b. 1922), English Ordinary Telegraphist serving for the Royal Navy from Christchurch, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Lewis J Taylor (b. 1910), English Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Barnstaple, Devonshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. James Taylor (b. 1914), English Stoker 2nd Class serving for the Royal Navy from Rochdale, Lancashire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
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HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. W Taylor, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. R Taylor, British Petty Officer, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. G Taylor, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Edward Taylor, British Leading Stoker, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Cedric Taylor, British Sub Lieutenant (S), who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking
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HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Samuel Taylor, British Stoker Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. William Taylor, British Stoker 2ne Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Frank Taylor, British Petty Officer Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Clifford Taylor, British Engine Room Artificer 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Charles Taylor, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
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RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Richard Lionel Taylor, Canadian 1st Class Passenger from Montréal, Quebec, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Chris Taylor, English Trimmer from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Thomas Taylor, English Trimmer from Kirkdale, Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Arthur Taylor, Canadian 3rd Class passenger from Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • 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
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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
  • 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
  • Mr. George Taylor (d. 1912), aged 24, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • 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
  • 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
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  • 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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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  5. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  6. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  7. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

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  3. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
  4. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
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  7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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  10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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