Taylor Name Study

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About the Project

The Taylor Name Study project serves as a collaborative platform to collect information on the Taylor name. The hope is that other researchers like you will join the study to help make it a valuable reference point for other genealogists who are researching or have an interest in the Taylor name.

As a One Name Study, this project is not limited to persons who are related biologically. Individual studies can be used to branch out the research into specific methods and areas of interest, such as geographically (England Taylor's), by time period (18th Century Taylor's), or by topic (Taylor DNA, Taylor Occupations, Taylor Statistics). These studies may also include a number of family branches which have no immediate link with each other. Some researchers may even be motivated to go beyond the profile identification and research stage to compile fully sourced, single-family histories of some of the families they discover through this name study project.

Also see the related surnames and surname variants.

How to Join

To join the Taylor Name Study, first start out by browsing our current research pages to see if there is a specific study ongoing that fits your interests. If so, feel free to add your name to the Membership list below, post an introduction comment on the specific team page, and then dive right in!

If a research page does not yet exist for your particular area of interest, please contact the Name Study Coordinator: Vacant for assistance.

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Research Pages

Here are some of the current research pages included in the study. I'll be working on them, and could use your help!



The Taylor surname is an occupational surname that arrived in the British Isles with the Norman Conquest. It is derived from the Old French tailleur meaning cutter (of fabric) which in turn was derived from the Late Latin taliator. [1] Keep in mind that if someone emigrated from a non-English speaking country to an English speaking country, they may have changed their surname. So, Schneider or Sznajder might become Snyder based on the sound or Taylor based on the meaning. [2]

Task List

Or, how can you help.

1. Categories: Categories help organize ongoing research; help those with a special interest find profiles they may want to investigate and help others researching a particular topic. There are two existing categaories specific to Taylors:

Taylor Family Brick Walls: If everyone identifed their Taylor brickwalls and then periodically checked back to look over the list, we might be able to help each other climb these walls.

Migrants, Taylor Name Study. The Categories Team has determined this should be used only for those individuals moving from country to country.

It is easy to add a category to a profile. While in the editing mode, click on the icon that looks like a series of attached boxes. When the box comes up start typing the category you want to use and select it from the list that comes up.


Taylor related genealogies and histories available online at Google Books:

Hayden, Horace Edwin. Virginia Genealogies: A Genealogy of the Glassell Family of Scotland and Virginia, also of the families of Ball, Brown, Bryan, Conway, Daniel, Ewell, Holladay, Lewis, Littlepage, Moncure, Peyton, Robinson, Scott, Taylor, Wallace and others of Virginia and Maryland. Wilkes-Barre, PA: E.B. Yordy, 1891.

Taylor, Elisha. Judge John Taylor and His Descendants. Detroit, MI: The Richmond & Backus Co,. 1886.

Taylor related genealogies and histories available online at

Johnson, E. Polk. A history of Kentucky and Kentuckians; the leaders and representative men in commerce, industry and modern activities, Vol III. Chicago: Lewis Pub Co., 1912

Taylor, Elbert Ozial. History of John Taylor of Hadley, including accounts of the organization and meetings of the Taylor reunion association of Hadley, Massachusetts, and the genealogy of the descendants of the ancestor. Boston, MA, The Association, 1903.

If you are aware of any additional online resources helpful to other Taylor researchers, please post a public comment ion this page with the information and link.

Notable Taylers/Taylors on Wikitree

Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, British -American Actress

Robert Taylor, American Actor

Sarah Knox (Taylor) Davis, Daughter of Zachary Taylor, wife of Jefferson Davis

Zachary Taylor, 12th President of the United States

If you know of any other notable Taylers or Taylors, please post a link to their profile in a public comment on this page.



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I am new to this site. I am researching my mother’s family (Maura Taylor-Buckey). These are Roman Catholic Taylors from Swords Co Dublin. We have a direct line back to Marks Taylor from Rush born about 1742 but it runs cold beyond that. He was married to Sarah Cannon. The family folklore is that they go back to the Taylors who came over from England with Richard the Second as falconers, so I am only missing 300 hundred years…

posted by Eileen Buckley-Dhoot
This is a good source for my Taylor line:

Clara Sesler Genther. Ancestors and Descendants of Taylor and Hager Families of Madison and Union Counties, Ohio.

posted by Daniel Taylor
I was working the England profiles found these Taylor from England. I added them to England Taylor Name study. Most orphans with no no sources.


I would like to clarify James Taylor or John Taylor to James Taylor 1619 to 1719 and George Taylor 1640. Taylor is my Grandfathers sir name.
posted by Roger Netz
edited by Roger Netz
I want to join the Taylor Surname Project. My GG Grandfather was Cam “Camp” Taylor and his parents and siblings are my brick wall family members. He was married to Polly Hollars.
posted by Sheri Jones
Hi I am adding my Taylor Family to the Name study.


Interested in this name study, my paternal grandmother was a Taylor, and I have traced her Taylor line back to Northumberland, England from Pennsylvania, United States. How do you join?
posted by Ronald Robinson
I am interested in joining the Taylor name study. I have only one Taylor and he is a brick wall! I have been researching the Taylors of New Jersey to find him and thought my research should go to good use. I'd love to gradually add my NJ Taylor family research to the name study. Thank you
posted by Kathryn McCollough
I'm a Taylor through Henry Taylor gggpa Tennessee. Im stuck on his son marcas Taylor born 1876 in Tennessee married Lana Blount 1896 in claiborne county Tennessee. 1900 census in chester county Marcus wife Lana, son Newt were listed. I lost my ggp after 1900 census. My gp Newt I have alot on him but not enough. Anyone a relative? Tennessee, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, Texas
posted by [Living Taylor]
edited by [Living Taylor]
Hi, how can I join the Taylor project/study name? I’m a Taylor thru my dad who’s a Taylor.
posted by Amy Hamilton
edited by Amy Hamilton
Hi Amy

You've been added as a Study member now.

Amy WikiTree One Name Studies Project Leader

posted by Amy (Crawford) Gilpin

I am interested in connecting Taylor lineage in those I have found DNA closeness. My line has a brick wall at Ezra Taylor (1811-1847). The profiles with the closest Y-DNA are Amasa Taylor (abt 1800) Vermont and Samuel Taylor (1656 - 1740/41) Massachusetts. I believe all 3 of these lines will eventually connect with William Taylor b. 1774 - d. 1861 UK.

posted by Sherry (Taylor) Miller
I'm descended from Thomas Tayler, born about 1806 in London. He and his wife emigrated to New Zealand in 1849. According to Thomas's death record, his father was also Thomas Tayler, Licensed Victualler. If anyone can help me find NZ Thomas's English family, I would be very grateful.
Taylor 62366. Russell Wm Taylor. Ydna RBY99710. I have researched back to John Taylor of Suffolkshire England who came as a puritan with the John Winthrop fleet to Mass. Bay Colony (Boston) 1630ish. John had two sons:John Jr.killed by indians 1704 near Deerfield, Mass. and Thomas who was a first settler of Danbury, Conn.

I have found unpublished genealogies, one in the library of congress and another privately published by the Buckeye newspaper in Archbold, Ohio. Thomas had a descendant:Nathaniel Taylor. See ,page 5. Nathaniel's son; Lt. Augustine was paymaster in the Conn. Continental line, 7th Reg. during the Revolution. He was a militia Maj. Geneneral during the war of 1812. See: My line came to California from Illinois in 1853. Lt. R.W.Taylor USCGR

posted by Russ Taylor
I am trying to research my family tree. I was raised by my father, with my three older sisters, on his own without the help of my mother. He was born Ellis Reynolds Taylor 05 Dec 1919, for some reason he changed his name (I am assuming 1938) to Alexander John Taylor. We did not know this until he passed away 01 Apr 1988, just a couple weeks after I turned 22. Dad was orphaned at the young age of 9-10 and raised through the Philadelphia Catholic Charities. He was the youngest son of his parents but second youngest of his siblings. (James, Mary (changed to Marian) John B., Alice L., Paul J., Ethel R, and Mildred was the youngest). Dad tried looking for his parents or any family in the late 1960’s, but had no luck. He never discussed any of this with me or my sisters, I assume because he didn't know anything.

There mothers name was Maria Jose Mesquita, de Sousa, Taylor who was born in the Azores. In all of the census records it listed a Robert A. Taylor as their father, but after some research I found that my Dads, his sister Mary and brother James fathers name was John Taylor, on my dads birth certificate it said from Jamaica. Why there was a difference in names I have no clue and there is no one else to ask as they have all passed away. The information I have on his mother was from the paperwork he had from when she immigrated to the USA in 1905, she was married to a man named Antonio deSousa. Somehow after that is when Taylor came into the picture, and she left Boston for Philadelphia. I started my search to build our family tree when my sister, who was my best friend, suddenly passed away so that It would keep my mind busy. I tried to use her flash drive marked ancestry, to see what she found, and it crashed my laptop (infected with a virus). So I had to start from scratch and took a DNA test with 23andMe. I had no luck, it seemed the only names I recognized were from my maternal family. After taking my third DNA test with Ancestry, I learned that my dad isn't my biological father and that would be why I am having such a hard time 😞. After the shock wore off, I decided to continue on with my search for my family, even if it wasn't completely biological. I talked my oldest sister into taking a DNA test, and a cousin (the son of my dads oldest brother) who took a Y-37 DNA test with FTDNA. I have another sister who said she would test for me, hopefully before the holidays, so with that I am hoping to find some one from the Taylor side who could help me fill in the many gaps that we never knew. I am on GEDMatch with T016375, My sister is A453529, my cousin James is QQ6108596, and my Nephew is TW4989808. Somehow someone has attached their GEDCom to my GEDMatch kit# so please ignore that if you see it, I messaged an admin but havent heard back, and can not figure out how I got to the place where I messaged the admin from 🤦🏻‍♀️. I am not smart with computers and I use my iPad since my sisters flash drive crashed my laptop. I have a tree on Ancestry, for what I know, I have some information here on Wikitree, but nothing about my Taylors. I am not sure if you would want me to join the Taylor Name Study because I am still not sure how to use Wikitree, and also because I am not a biological Taylor. But if anyone would like to help me, I would be more than happy for any assistance. Unfortunately I am unable to hire a professional to do the work for me.

Thanks so much for reading, and I apologize for the length. Feel free to ask me any questions if you should have any.

Lynn Taylor-Buccafuri

Taylor Name Study----Origins-----

The name Taylor (or similar spelling) is derived from Tailor which is old French used between 842ca and 1400 which is when the Normans brought it over to England. in your introduction you say that its from old the French word Tailleur but that's not old French its modern French ? try this old French translator.

John Taylor

posted by John Taylor
edited by John Taylor
The goal is to present alternate spellings which may show up in both ancient and modern materials. Tailor is a common way of spelling the profession and sometimes the name. I have found many Tailleur and similar spellings in research materials.
posted by [Living Taylor]
Thank you for your reply.

yes I agree that the net should be cast as far as possible but the closest occupational name is Tailor, especially at the time that it was brought over to England by the Normans and yes there are many others from modern French and Latin but I would like to stick to the closest If only one example is to be picked. I am not being picky here but its so hard to trace back through the Taylor tree and many people claim name changes that are very hard to prove or disprove. Its also quite easy to see how Tailor got changed to Taylor only one letter changed and this could be because substituting i for y was common in the 16th Century. Thanks again John Taylor

posted by John Taylor
I've posted several Taylor ancestors. My Taylor line originated from France then moved to England, then Scotland and finally Ireland. My 6th GGF Isaac Taylor (1710-1781) was born in Ireland and came to VA in 1746. If anyone needs help in tracing the Taylor line I could assist. I'm related to the 12th POTUS Zachary Taylor and the actress Elizabeth Taylor.

Tim Harr

posted by [Living Harr]
edited by [Living Harr]
I would like to join the Taylor Name Study. I have hit a brick wall with Kinchen Taylor 1817-1885. I firmly believe that he goes back to Etheldred Taylor 1705-1755 and wife Patience Kinchen 1705-1766, but I have not been able to trace the connection.

Almost all sites have Kinchen Taylor's father as James Patton Taylor, but there is NO documentation to that fact.

posted by Penny (Thomas) Lloyd
The earliest use of Kechine for Taylors was as a middle name for William of 1692. Keachin or something similar was his grandmothers maiden name. look for William Keachin Taylor and you can see the ancestral tree. This may often be transliterated a Kitchen.
posted by [Living Taylor]
The actual name of my known ancestor is KINCHEN. It has been used repeatedly over many generations with the exact spelling, so I don't believe you and I are on the same trail.

Responding to your less than friendly private message, I have an extensive tree, as well as a Taylor research tree, on Ancestry that are public. I find it a waste of my time to copy each and everyone from there to Wiki. If there was an easy way to copy/merge, I would do it.

posted by Penny (Thomas) Lloyd
My Taylor ancestors, from about the late 1600s to the 1870s, were part of the plantation of protestant settlers to Armagh, Northern Ireland.

- They were farmers concentrated just north of Armagh town in the townland of Ballynick (also called Ballyknick) and surrounding townlands, particularly Greenan. - My great grandfather George Taylor 1839-1907 and wife Sarah Jane Cochrane 1839-1917 moved their family from Ballynick to Glasgow Scotland in about 1875. - My grandfather, William Burns Taylor 1886-1932, was the youngest of 8 children (not including 2 who died young). He migrated his family of 6 children and wife Margaret Young Robertson 1888-1979 to Brisbane, Queensland, Australia in November 1923. - My father George Taylor 1912-1987 was the oldest child.

I have done a full Y DNA test and it shows an incredible journey by the male line ancestors of the family back into the pre-surname times and clear ancestral links to family groups across southern England, Wales and Scotland with diverse surnames such as Sproat, Williams etc. From the DNA, it appears the branch which became my Taylors separated from the others mentioned above in about 700AD. I am researching to find the origin in the UK of the family prior to arriving in Ireland but it's proving challenging.

The Y DNA test also revealed a link to another Taylor branch in the Drumcree area, just a few kilometres east of my Ballynick Taylors. From the Y DNA it seems the two lines separated not long after arriving in Armagh so the current theory is that either a single Taylor male arrived in Armagh and sons of his established the families in Ballynick and Drumcree or two brother came direct to Ireland and started the two lines. Amazingly, descendants of the the Drumcree Taylors have also migrated to Australia and are in the south and west, with the Ballynick Taylors in the east.

There are known links to Taylor descendants in (at least) Ohio and Alabama USA, Scotland, Australia and Northern Ireland.

posted by David Taylor
edited by David Taylor

The Dr Rev Roland Taylor who was burnt at the stake in 1555 by Bloody Queen Mary left a wife and 8 0r 9 children. Roland was one of triplets. I believe that some of the family may have fled to Armagh in that time to escape retribution . I don't have much evidence of this but I found a flag of a branch of Irish Taylors with the very unusual motif of three young identical boys in an chevron in it which was the family crest/motif of John Taylor Master of the rolls Roland's brother. I don't think its a coincidence. John Taylor

posted by John Taylor
edited by John Taylor
What is your full Y DNA haplotree?

I have done the Big Y-700 and YFull tests, and my Taylor haplotree is: 1. Y-700 FamilyTreeDNA kit 947676 I,I1,I-L758,I-M170,I-M253,I-Z63,I-1Y5780,I-BY33526,I-Z42375 2. YFull id YF94576 I,I1,I-L121,I-DF29,I-Z63,I-BY151,I-FGC81364,I-Y15565,I-Y128228

posted by David Taylor
I created a FREE SPACE [1] this to save/share the 14 page study John Peyton Taylor Family Record "The following family record was copied on 21 May 1980 from records in the possession of the late Lamar Chapman (1921-1990), of Pleasant Ridge, KY & by his widow, Audrey Whitehouse Chapman (1923-1997). The data was on eight very yellowed and brittle pieces of paper. The papers had been passed down in Mr. Chapman’s family several generations. They contained data on the children of his 3rd great-grandparents, John Peyton Taylor & Mary Davis and 2nd great-grandparents, Thomas L. Taylor & Sally L. McCrocklin. Mr. Chapman was the son of Archie Bruce Chapman (1895-1969) & Essie Kate Jeffries, grandson of Joseph F. Chapman & Mary Lou Taylor (1867-1949), and great-grandson of George Warren Taylor (1840-1914) & Susan E. Walker. "

Here is part of it ...........

posted by Carole Taylor
I've created profiles for three Taylors:

Naomi: Taylor-49885 her father John: Taylor-49887 and her grandfather William: Taylor-62226

John and William are pre-1700

Checking whether I may have inadvertently duplicated those profiles.

My biological father's name is James David Taylor he is Sicilian my mother Katherine kenyon parks-ellis was Jewish they were together in New Orleans then moved to California in late 1969 to 1970-1971 .....I want to know if he is still alive ...I was born in 1970....he was born in 1943
posted by Virginia Taylor

My grandfather is a Taylor from London, England, UK. I would be interested in joining the Taylor Name Study.

posted by Trish Sanson
My interest is a family friend with the surname TAYLER, descended from a well-researched family in Yorkshire.
posted by Doug Laidlaw