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The TAYLOR surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 720,370 13 0.267 2,670
United States (1880 census) 171,099 9 0.342 3,422
Change since 1880 +549271 -4 -0.075 -752
Other Countries
Australia 45,328 6 0.277 2,773
United Kingdom 239,073 5 0.521 5,205

'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Classification and Origin of TAYLOR

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Occupational Name

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the TAYLOR surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the TAYLOR surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of TAYLOR in the USA

Classification Total Percent
White (Caucasian) 488,411 67.8
Black/African American 199,326 27.67
Mixed Race 12,823 1.78
White (Hispanic) 11,598 1.61
Native American/Alaskan 5,403 0.75
Asian/Pacific 2,809 0.39

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the TAYLOR surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of TAYLOR in historical publications

A name of trade. We find this name modified to Tayleure, the orthography having been changed by the bearers to hide what they thought the lowness of its origin. So Smith is changed to Smyth, Turner to Turnour, etc.--as Camden says, "Mollified ridiculously lest their bearers should seem villified by them." A Mr. Taylor, who, from this false pride, had changed his name to Tayleure, once haughtily demanding of a farmer the name of his dog, the man replied, "Why, sir, his proper name is Jowler, but since he's a consequential kind of puppy, we calls him Jouleure!"

Arthur, William (1857) An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman. Public Domain.

TAYLOR. TAYLER. The well-known

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

Similar names to TAYLOR

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as TAYLOR.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for TAYLOR

The following words are slight variants of TAYLOR that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.