This surname is derived from an occupation. -From the Olde French, tailleur, a cutter of cloth. It is now understood that tailor shall be the trade-name, and Taylor and Tayler the surname. The early rolls are full of instances, and as a result Taylor is the fourth commonest patronymic in England, giving precedence only to Smith, Jones, and Williams. The Hundred Rolls (1273) have the following variations: Taillar, Taillour, Taillur, Tailur, Taliur, Taliur, Tallyur, Talur, Talyur, Tayler, Tayllour, Tayllur, Taylour, and Taylur.
Henry le Taliur, Norfolk, 1273. Hundred Rolls.
Cecil le Tayllour, Cambridgeshire ibid.
Roger le Taylur, Lincolnshire, ibid.
Richard le Taylor, Northamptonshire, ibid.
1593. Baptised — Abel, s. John Tailor: St. Peter, Cornhill.
1700. Witnesses to marriage, Elizabeth Tayfar, Richard Tayler: St. George, Hanover Square.
1802. Married — Robert Julian and Mary Taylar: ibid.
Bardsley, Charles Wareing Endell (1901) A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames, with special American instances. London, New York: H. Frowde. Public Domain