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There are approximately 292 people named Tytler in the UK. That makes it the 13,127th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 5 are named Tytler.

Region of origin

British Isles

Country of origin

Scotland

Language of origin

Gaelic

Religion of origin

Christian

Classification

Celtic
Occupational Name

Related and similar surnames

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Tyler
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Tytlier
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Tytlir
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Titlere
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Titlerre
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Tytlea
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Titlurs
Titlair
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Titaler
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Taytler

The Tytler surname in historical dictionaries

Patronymica Britannica (1860)

The Scottish family of this name are stated to be a younger branch of the noble house of Seton. The ancestor is said to have fled into F ranee temp. James IV., in consequence of his having slain a gentleman in a sudden quarrel at a hunting match, and there to have adopted, for concealment, the name of Tytler. His two sons, bearing the same name, returned to Scotland with Queen Mary. B.L.G. The statement appears very improbable; and the etymology of the alias, if such it be, is unknown. Le Titteler occurs in H.R., and Jamieson, gives Titlar as a tattler, or talkative person.

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

The Origin and Signification of Scottish Surnames (1862)

In the year 1515, Lord Seton, having slain a gentleman named Gray in a duel, changed his name to Tytler and fled to France. His two sons returned with Queen Mary to Scotland in 1561, and settled in Aberdeenshire.

Simes, Clifford Stanley (1862) The Origin and Signification of Scottish Surnames. Rutland, Vt., C. E. Tuttle Co. Public Domain.

The Surnames of Scotland (1946)

This surname is not very common but Lower says that it occurs in the English Hundred Rolls (1273). It has been derived from ME. titeier, a tatler, but this seems most unlikely. Alexander Fraser Tytler (1747-1813), historian and general writer, was born in Edinburgh. His son, Patrick Fraser Tytler (1791-1849), was author of a large history of Scotland and of other works. James Tytler (1747-1805), scholar and eccentric, commonly called “Balloon Tytler” from his having made the first balloon ascension in Scotland, was born in Brechin.

Black, George F. (1946) The Surnames of Scotland: their origin, meaning, and history. New York: New York Public Library. Public Domain.

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