Taylor (surname)

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Family name
Tailor at work.jpg
The name Taylor comes from those who used to hold the occupation of tailor, as seen above.
Pronunciation TAY-ler'
Meaning "tailor"
Region of origin England

Taylor (\ta(y)-lor\) is a surname in the English language which originated as an occupational surname (meaning tailor) in England[1][2] It is derived from the Old French tailleur ("cutter"),[3] which is in turn derived from the Late Latin taliator, from taliare ("to cut").[4][5] The first historical evidence of the surname dates to the County of Somerset, South West England in 1182,[6] and the first mention in Scottish records to circa 1276.[7] According to the UK National Trust surname profiler, Taylor is the fifth most common surname in the United Kingdom.[8] It is also common in other English speaking countries (especially Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States, where it was the tenth most frequently encountered surname in the 2000 US Census[9]), but has a low incidence in Ireland, where it is mostly concentrated in the North.[10][11]

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  1. ^ Taylor: British surnames, Origin and Classification. Britishsurnames.co.uk. Retrieved on 2011-08-10.
  2. ^ Archived 8 August 2011 at WebCite
  3. ^ Tailor at Oxford Dictionaries
  4. ^ "Learn about the family history of your surname". Ancestry.com. Retrieved 14 October 2010.  which cited Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-508137-4.  for the surname "Taylor".
  5. ^ Cottle, Basil (1967). Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MDISBN:: Penguin Books. ISBN 978-0-14-051032-4. 
  6. ^ "Surname: Taylor". surnamedb.com. Retrieved 2008-02-01. 
  7. ^ TAYLOR: Surname Origin and Classification | British Surnames, Surname Distribution and Surname Profiles. Britishsurnames.co.uk. Retrieved on 2011-08-10.
  8. ^ Taylor: British surnames, surname distribution and surname. Britishsurnames.co.uk. Retrieved on 2011-08-10.
  9. ^ United States Census Bureau (9 May 1995). s:2000 Census Name Files dist.all.last (1-100). Retrieved on 10-5-2010.
  10. ^ National Trust Names. National Trust Names. Retrieved on 2011-08-10.
  11. ^ [1][dead link]