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The distinguished surname Taylour 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."

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The surname Taylour was first found in Somerset, and in Kent where they were granted lands by King William for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. The name is widespread and can be found throughout England and 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 Taylour research. Another 263 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1180, 1182, 1202, 1601, 1602, 1645, 1729, 1779, 1784, and 1850 are included under the topic Early Taylour History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 60 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Taylour Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Taylour family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 99 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Taylour Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • William Taylour, who arrived in Connecticut in 1647
  • Edmond Taylour, who landed in Virginia in 1654
  • Abraham Taylour, who arrived in Virginia in 1660
  • Hugh Taylour, who arrived in Virginia in 1662
  • Joane Taylour, who arrived in Virginia in 1664


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  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
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  7. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  8. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  9. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  10. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
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The Taylour Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Taylour Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 17 July 2008 at 13:25.

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