Recorded as Tale, Tall, Talle, Tallman, and possibly Talman, this is an English surname. As Tall it is quite rare, partly because the word 'tall' did not have anything like the same connotation in medieval times as it has today. It has Olde English pre 7th century origins and actually described a decent and respectable person, someone of trust. As there were few such people, may help to explain the relative rarity of the surname. A person of above average height would have been called 'Long' and it was not until the Elizabethan era, two hundred years after surnames came into popular use, that tall as a word, was used to describe a person's height. As Tallman the surname described a respected merchant, the first example being that of Walter Talman of the county of Somerset in the year 1273. This was in the Hundred Rolls of landowners of the county. It is unclear when the surname as Tale or Tall was first recorded, and it may have been a short version of Tallman, but examples in the surviving church registers of the city of London include Thomas Tall who was christened at St Mary Whitechapel, Stepney, on September 11th 1608, and Mary Tale who married James Jermain at St Botolophs Bishopgate, on April 3rd 1610.
This is an English surname but of French origins. It derives from the word "tailleur" meaning "a cutter-out of cloth", the surname being adopted from the medieval job description after the 12th century. It would seem that tradition dictates that the spelling as tailor refers to the trade of tailoring, whilst Taylor, Tayler, Tailour and Taylour are the surname forms, but this is arguable. What is certain is that the surname is extremely popular, and in England ranks second only to Smith in the surnames listing.
Early examples of the surname recording taken from surviving rolls and registers of the medieval period include: William le Taillur in the Pipe Rolls of the county of Somerset in 1182, and Roger le Taylur in the Hundred Rolls of Lincolnshire in 1273. Among the many Taylors recorded in history are Zackary Taylor (1784 - 1850), the 12th president of the Unites States. He was a famous soldier who played a large part in the independence of Texas from Mexico, whilst Jane Taylor (1783 - 1824), was a famous childrens author whose works included the poem "Twinkle, twinkle, little star".
The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Walter Taylur. This was dated 1180, in the records of Canterbury Cathedral, during the reign of King Henry 2nd, 1154 - 1189.
This is a very unusual English surname. Recorded as Thickpenny, Thickpeny, Thickpenney, and probably others, its origin has defied researchers for over four hundred years. The famous Victorian etymologist Canon Charles Bardsley writing in the year 1880, confessed that he could not find a satisfactory explanation, and a hundred and twenty years on, and with all the resources of modern research, the position has not greatly changed. The surname is reasonably well recorded in the surviving church registers of the city of London from at least Elizabethan times, but they do not provide any clues as to how the name came about. The first known recording of the surname is believed to be that of the Rev. Leonard Thickpenny, a minister of Enfield in Middlesex, probably St Andrews. In the year 1590 it is said, he was buried secretly at night at St Peters Cornhill, in a 'coffen' with an opening flap! The secrecy of this burial only adds to the romance of the surname. Our research suggests that the name is almost certainly a transposition or fusing of either another surname, as 1590 is several centuriues after the intial creation of surnames, or of a place name such as Thicket Priory near York.
Recorded in several forms including Truss, Trusse, Trussler, Trusslove, Trusslowe, Trussman, Truce and Truse, this name is of early medieval English and possibly French origins. It is an occupational surname either for maker of harness, a courier or contractor, one who carried parcels or bundles, or possibly for a professional hunter of wild animals! It is said to derive from the pre 7th century Old French verb "trousser" meaning to truss or bind, and was and sometimes still is, recorded with a suffix such as -man meaning a bagman, or -love, meaning a bondsman from the Scandanavian word 'lof', or as a short form of the medieval and probably extinct surname Trussharness, first recorded in the year 1281, when Agaes Trussharness is given as being an oastler in London.
The surname development includes: Robert Truss of Suffolk in the year 1202, Nicholas Trusselove of Sussex in 1296, and Thomas Truslowe of Wiltshire in 1524. Later recordings from surviving church registers include the marriage of Henry Trussler and Alice Leliet at Aldingbourne, Sussex, on June 22nd 1559, and the marriage of Anne Truse and John Hopwood at St Mary Mounthaw in the city of London, on April 16th 1648.
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