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Taylor is a surname in the English language which originated as an occupational surname. The name is derived from the Old French tailleur, which is in turn derived from the Late Latin taliator, from taliare meaning "to cut". The first historical evidence of the surname dates to the County of Somerset, South West England in 1182. According to the 2000 US Census, Taylor is the tenth most common surname in the United States. The UK National Trust surname profiler lists Taylor is the fifth most common surname in the United Kingdom. It is also common in other English speaking countries (especially Australia, Canada, and New Zealand,), but has a low incidence in Ireland where it is mostly concentrated in the North. The popularity of the surname has swelled by its adoption as an Americanized form of many other surnames from Europe, many of which are common among Ashkenazic Jews; examples of such names are: Schneider, Szabó, and Portnov. Scottish namebearers in the Cowal region may be historically associated with the Taylor sept of Clan Cameron; their surname evolving from the nickname Taillear Dubh ("black tailor"), to the surname Mac-an-taillear ("son of the tailor"), to present-day Taylor.

In 2007, the given name Taylor ranked #24 in a list of most popular baby names by the U.S. Social Security Administration. Taylor has been a common masculine given name since the 19th century. Only in the late 1970s did English language countries begin to commonly give it to girls as a given name.

There are several Taylor family lines connected to this website, many related and some not. Of central interest is the family and descendants of Robert Taylor of Dodge county Georgia. This Robert married Lucinda Sapp, granddaughter of Levi Sapp, Revolutionary Solider. Robert is said to be from Dodge county Georgia but two of his sons, Hiram T. and William H. list their fathers place of birth as South Carolina on the 1880 Census. Robert's parents are not known. There is a family ledge that he killed a man, (maybe twice,) "up north", (maybe Dodge county or South Carolina,) and came to south Georgia to escape prosecution. The story has it that he was a Mason and that the Masons helped him escape. We can find no record of him dying or being buried in the Adel Georgia area where he lived with Lucinda. Her grave is at Brushy Creek Cemetery out form Sparks Georgia. He is not there. The area around Adel was Lowndes county when he came there around 1840 and then cut off into Berrien county in 1856 and then into Cook in 1918.



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Georgia Statewide Genealogy Resources:

The Story of Georgia and the Georgia People, 1732 to 1860

Historical Collections of the Georgia Chapters Daughters of the American Revolution. Vol. 2: Records of Richmond County, Georgia

Parts of this web site produced 17 Oct 1999 by
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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
updated 9 December 2022

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