TAYLOR - Name Meaning & Origin

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TAYLOR Surname Meaning & Origin:

An English occupational name for a tailor, from Old French "tailleur" for "tailor" which comes from the Latin "taliare," meaning "to cut." Taylor is among the most commonly found surnames, due to its popularity as a medieval occupation.

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Fun Facts About the Taylor Surname:

Taylor may also be an Americanized version of one of several European surnames that derive from the occupation of tailor, including Schneider (German), Szabó (Hungarian), Portnoy (Russian), Krawiec (Polish) and Kleermaker (Dutch).

In 2007, the given name Tayor ranked #24 in a list of most popular baby names by the U.S. Social Security Administration.

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Genealogy Resources for the Surname TAYLOR:

100 Most Common U.S. Surnames & Their Meanings
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Taylor Family Genes DNA Surname Project
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Taylor Family Genealogy Forum
Search this popular genealogy forum for the Taylor surname to find others who might be researching your ancestors, or post your own Taylor query.

FamilySearch - TAYLOR Genealogy
Find records, queries, and lineage-linked family trees posted for the Taylor surname and its variations.

TAYLOR Surname & Family Mailing Lists
RootsWeb hosts several free mailing lists for researchers of the Taylor surname.

Cousin Connect - TAYLOR Genealogy Queries
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DistantCousin.com - TAYLOR Genealogy & Family History
Free databases and genealogy links for the last name Taylor.

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References: Surname Meanings & Origins

Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Menk, Lars. A Dictionary of German Jewish Surnames. Avotaynu, 2005.

Beider, Alexander. A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia. Avotaynu, 2004.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.

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