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There are approximately 378,060 people named Taylor in the UK. That makes it the 5th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 5,984 are named Taylor.

Region of origin

British Isles

Country of origin

England

Language of origin

English

Religion of origin

Christian

Classification

English
Occupational Name

Related and similar surnames

Tayler
Tailor
Talor
Teyler
Taylar
Taller
Tellor
Tealer
Talaro
Talyor
Teller
Talluri
Tellier
Taylour
Tayleur
Taaylor
Tahlor
Taalor
Taelor
Tailior
Taileor
Taelore
Taillor
Tailer
Tailier
Taillior
Tailleor
Taillore
Tailoar
Taelour
Tahler
Taeler
Tailar

The Taylor surname in historical dictionaries

An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names (1857)

A name of trade. We find this name modified to Tayleure, the orthography having been changed by the bearers to hide what they thought the lowness of its origin. So Smith is changed to Smyth, Turner to Turnour, etc.--as Camden says, "Mollified ridiculously lest their bearers should seem villified by them." A Mr. Taylor, who, from this false pride, had changed his name to Tayleure, once haughtily demanding of a farmer the name of his dog, the man replied, "Why, sir, his proper name is Jowler, but since he's a consequential kind of puppy, we calls him Jouleure!"

Arthur, William (1857) An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman. Public Domain.

Patronymica Britannica (1860)

TAYLOR. TAYLER. The well-known

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

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