Taylor (surname)

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Not to be confused with Tayler.
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] Taylor is the fifth-most common surname in England, the 11th-most common in Scotland and the 22nd-most common in Wales.[1][7] 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),[8] but has a low incidence in Ireland, where it is mostly concentrated in the North.[1] It is often the anglicized form of the German surname Schneider.[9]

Geographical distribution[edit]

At the time of the Kingdom Census of 1881, the frequency of the surname Taylor was highest in the following counties:[10]

As of 2014, the frequency of the surname was highest in the following countries and territories:

As of 2014, 57.9% of all known bearers of the surname Taylor were residents of the United States. The frequency of the surname was higher than national average (1: 407) in the following U.S. states:[10]

The frequency of the surname was highest (over four times the national average) in the following U.S. counties:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Taylor Meaning at Forebears
  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. ^ Archived 16 February 2002 at WebCite
  8. ^ United States Census Bureau (9 May 1995). s:2000 Census Name Files dist.all.last (1-100). Retrieved on 10-5-2010.
  9. ^ German-speaking immigrants to English-speaking countries often anglicized the name to Taylor.
  10. ^ a b Taylor Surname Distribution