What does Taylor mean?
Taylor /tay-lor/ [2 sylls.] 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.
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)
Shown below is the birth name popularity 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 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
The only other popular alternative form of Taylor (#435 a year ago) is Tayler. These boy names were at the top of their popularity in the year 1994 (usage of 0.5695%) and are now much less popular (usage 0.2825%, ▼50.4%). Taylor (#435) is the most trendy baby name in this compilation, with this name having a resurgence in usage. Below is a graphed analysis of the usage of Taylor and related names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Taylor▲ is pronounced similarly to Talor, Tylar, Tyler▲ and Tylor▼. Other recommended similar baby names are Baylor, Gaylor, Naylor, Taybor and Taylon. These names tend to be less frequently used than Taylor.