The surname Taylor is an English occupational name for a tailor. The name Taylor ultimately derives from the old french term "tailleur" which is from the Latin "taliare" meaning to cut. Taylor is one of the more commonly occurring surnames in modern times due to it's popularity as a medieval occupation. The name is first recorded in medieval records in 1086. The earliest record of the name in the New World is in 1630 when James Taylor arrived in Virginia. It is estimated there are approximately 700,000 bearers of the name Taylor living in the United States today.
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