The Taylor family can be traced back as far as about 1815, with the birth of John Taylor in St. Pancras. John married Elizabeth (née Smith) and had at least one child, Richard Taylor in 1848. The Taylor family must have been based around St. Pancras for nearly half a century before moving slightly east to Hackney, were the family can be found in 1861. Richard Taylor married in 1869 in South Hackney and a couple of years later they were living in Tottenham. The areas of Tottenham and Edmonton were home to many of Richard’s children and grandchildren. Richard Taylor had a timber merchant horticultural business in the area until at least 1899.

Today descendants of John Taylor can be found all over southern England, but predominantly in south and east London, Kent, Sussex, Surrey and Essex.

Plenty more research can be done on the Taylor family and I hope to start towards the end of the summer. I was pleased to have received a message through the website in 2012 from a cousin who had seen my website through a search engine and ended up having much information on this side of the family, providing me with photographs of several memebers of the Taylor, Chase and Speller family including photos of Laurence Taylor and his father Richard Taylor who my grandmother had never seen a picture of before. (updated August 2013)

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Surname meaning:

English and Scottish: occupational name for a tailor, from Old French tailleur (Late Latin taliator, from taliare ‘to cut’). The surname is extremely common in Britain and Ireland, and its numbers have been swelled by its adoption as an Anglicised form of the numerous equivalent European names, most of which are also very common among Ashkenazic Jews, for example Schneider, Szabó, and Portnov.
[Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press]


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