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Meaning and name origin

Taylor \ta(y)-lor\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's 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.


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

For more information, see also related boy names Taylan and Tayton.

There are 2 feminine forms of Taylor: Tayla and Tyler.


Taylor is a very popular first name for males (#422 out of 1220, Top 35%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#10 out of 88799, Top 1%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Taylor for boys. Taylor reached its highest rank of #51 in the U.S. in 1993. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Taylor name in U.S.

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Taylor and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Taylor (#435) and Tayler. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Tayler, Taylor in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Taylor is also pronounced similarly to Talor, Tylar, Tyler and Tylor. Other suggested similar baby names are Gaylor, Naylor, Taybor and Taylon. These names tend to be less commonly used than Taylor.