TAYLOR was from the occupational name 'the tailor' a cutter of cloth. A very common surname found early in Scottish records.
The name is rendered in Latin Documents as Cissor. Alexander le Tayllur was valet in the service of Alexander III in 1276, and is probably the first on record in Scotland, John le Taillur is recorded as having held the mill of Selkirk in 1292. Brice le Taillur was one of the Scottish prisoners taken at the capture of Dunbar Castle in 1296. John Cissor was tenant of Balgirdane in the barony of Buitle in 1376. William Scissor held a tenement in Edinburgh in the year 1392. They are a sept of Clan Cameron. Early records in England mention Walter Taylor of the County of Cambridge in 1180. Richard le Taylor of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Abel, son of John Taillor was baptised at St. Peter, Cornhill, London in 1593. Robert Julian and Mary Taylor were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1802. This well known English and Scottish name has been in Ireland since the 14th century, and is now numerous both in Ulster and Dublin. Ireland was one of the earliest countries to evolve a system of hereditary surnames. They came into being fairly generally in the 11th century, and indeed a few were formed before the year 1000. The names introduced into Britain by the Normans during the Invasion of 1066 were of three kinds. There were names of Norse origin which their ancestors had carried into Normandy; names of Germanic origin which the Frankish conquerors had brought across the Rhine and which had ousted the old Celtic and Latin names from France, and Biblical names and names of Latin and Greek saints. These names they retained even after the customs and language of the natives of Northern France had been adopted by them. After the Norman Conquest not only Normans, but Frenchmen and Bretons from other parts of France settled in England, and quite a few found their way north into Scotland.
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