The name Taylor has some easier origins to locate as it was an occupational surname. The Middle English word taillour which has since been changed to simply tailor meant a person who cut cloth. Furthermore, this particular surname is also frequently used as a first and middle name as well as the last name. It has been given to both boys as well as girls, but it is today considered to be more of a boy’s name even though it is only the 249th most popular choice for naming of boys an the 24th most popular for naming of girls as of 2007.
It is not just used in the United States for the given names of children as countries such as Scotland, Wales, England, Canada, New Zealand as well as Australia also name their children Taylor. In Australia it is so common that it has been used many times as the first names of popular soap opera stars. While the name has its roots as a Middle English occupational name, the actual origin can be traced even further to Old French.
Throughout time, there has been so many different sports stars and various athletes that have had the surname of Taylor. Take Dave or David Taylor for example; there has been one in cricket, football, snooker, wrestling, rugby, soccer and even hockey. Then again with Fred and Frederick you will find their names ion the annals of sports history in American football, basketball, hockey and even baseball. Jack Taylor was also pretty famous as there was a 19th century American baseball player as well as a 20th century one that shared their names. Furthermore, there are Jack Taylors in Scottish as well as English football. Of course you cannot forget the Matt and Mathew Taylors of the world because they were in English football as well as American soccer.
A.J.P. Taylor was an English historian. Alan D., Brook as well as Richard Taylor were all famous mathematicians and Alfred Edward and Charles Taylor wee philosophers. There have been a number of Daves and Davids who have been politicians in the U.S., Canada as well as the U.K. and George Taylors have played pivotal roles in politics as signers of the American Declaration of Independence, House of Common Members in Canada and as congressmen and senators in the United States. Of course you cannot forget that Zachary Taylor was the 12th U.S. president.
There has been several Jack Tayors in the Entertainment industry including acting as well as music. The same also can be said about James Taylor seeing as though the name was shared by several different musicians. You also have a Rod Taylor who was an actor in Australia as well as a different Rod who was a musician in Jamaica. The name Taylor can also be seen in the movie Planet of the Apes, the television show Desparate Housewives, Doctor Who, Queer as Folk and even in the soap opera Brookside.
You will find that there is a Taylor, Australia, a Taylor British Columbia, and many, many cities names Taylor in the U.S. states of Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas as well as Wyoming.
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Updated On: 04/04/2009