Taylor is a surname originating as an occupational surname (meaning tailor) in England and Scotland. It is derived from the Old French tailleur meaning cutter and from the late Latin taliator, from taliare: to cut.
The first historical evidence of the surname dates to the County of Somerset, South West England, in 1182.
Taylor is the fifth most common surname in the United Kingdom and the tenth most common in the 2000 US Census. It’s also common in other English speaking countries like Australia, Canada, and New Zealand, but not so common in Ireland.
In 1840, almost all the Taylors in the US lived in NY, PA, OH, or VA. Our branch of the Taylors lived in Wyoming County, PA.
The first recorded spelling of the family name is that of Walter Taylur. This was dated 1180 in the records of Canterbury Cathedral during the reign of King Henry II (1154-1189). Early examples of the surname taken from surviving rolls and registers of the medieval period include: William le Taillur in the Pipe Rolls of the county of Somerset in 1182, and Roger le Taylur in the Hundred Rolls of Lincolnshire in 1273.