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Origins of the Taylor surname

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What does the name Taylor mean?

An Anglo-French occupational surname, Taylor is thought to have arrived through the Norman occupation, derived from the Old French 'tailleur' (cutter of cloth) or English 'tailor'. The surname Taylor is common across the British Isles (fourth most common in the UK overall - fifth most common in England) and other countries traditionally colonised by the British, though far less common in Ireland (where it mostly exists only in Northern Ireland - potentially brought over by English and Scottish settlers). Taylor can sometimes be found as an anglicised version of the German word 'Schneider', a direct translation of the same term.

Alternative variations of the name Taylor

Taylor, Taylour, Tayler, Taller, Telfer

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Where do most Taylors live?

In 1921, most Taylors lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Taylors

How common is your surname?

5th most common surname in the UK

We have 1,940,000 records for the Taylor surname. The oldest one dates back to 1220.

Who were Taylors most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Taylor first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Taylors

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Taylors in 1921


Cotton Weaver


Domestic Servant




General Servant Domestic


Common Male occupations for Taylors in 1921
Coal Miner


Agricultural Labourer


General Labourer




Farm Labourer


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