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What does Taylor mean?

Taylor /tay-lor/ as a boys' name (also used more regularly as girls' name Taylor) is pronounced TAY-ler. It is of Middle English and Old French origin, and the meaning of Taylor is "tailor; to cut".

From the Norman French word "taillier". Occupational name first used as given name in the 19th century. 12th American President Zachary Taylor; film director Taylor Hackford; football player Lawrence Taylor; singers James and Livingston Taylor.

Associated with: norman, occupational, 19th century


Taylor has 6 variants: Tailer, Tailor, Tayler, Zailor, Zaylor and Zaylour.

Related boy names: Taylan and Tayton.

Taylor has 2 feminine forms: Tayla and Tyler.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Taydor, Tulor, ..

(female) Taylorra, Taylorre, ..

How popular is Taylor?

Taylor is a very popular first name for men (#422 out of 1220, Top 35%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#13 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Shown below is the birth name history of Taylor for boys. Taylor reached its apex position of #51 in the U.S. in the year 1993, and is at #435 currently. (Top Baby Names, 2014)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Taylor name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Taylor outside U.S.

Popular alternative forms of Taylor (#435 via latest list) are Tayler and Tayton. These forms of Taylor were at the top of their popularity 2 decades ago (average #969) and are now much less popular (#1478, 91%), with the form Taylor becoming less in vogue.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Taylor, Tayler, Tayton in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Taylor outside U.S.

Similar Names


Taylor is pronounced similarly to Talor, Tilar, Tylar, Tyler and Tylor. Other recommended names are Bailor, Bayler, Baylor, Daylon, Gayler, Gaylon, Gaylor, Gaylord, Gaynor, Jaylon, Kaylob, Kylor, Lawlor, Maynor, Mayor, Nailor, Naylor, Raynor, Skylor, Tabor, Taibor, Tallon, Talon, Tavor, Tayber, Taybor, Taylon, Tayson and Waylon. These names tend to be less frequently used than Taylor.