This extraordinary English surname is almost certainly not a variant form of Tayler - Taylor, although its origins may well be similar, and it is almost certainly job descriptive. The derivation is probably from the Olde English "till", through the medieval form "Tyld", this being a metonymic for a farmer, but specifically one who used a plough to "till" the ground. Thomas Tyld is recorded at the Church of St. Lawrence Pountney, London, on November 25th 1559, when he married Elizabeth Turk. The suffix "er" is not apparently recorded for a further one hundred and fifty years (see below), suggesting that in fact the name is a dialectal variant of another job descriptive name, such as "Teller", a late medieval Germanic description for a linen manufacturer. This may also account for its near spelling to Tayler, near but not the same, as everyone who wrote would have known how to spell "Taylor". The name recordings include Michael Taylder, who married Ann Richardson at Spitalfields on December 25th 1784, this may be the second marriage of the Michael Taylder (below), whilst on March 23rd 1848, William Tayldor was a witness at his son Joseph's christening at St. Pancras, Old Church, London. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Michael Taylder, which was dated January 16th 1774, a christening witness at St. Dunstan's Church, Stepney, London, during the reign of King George 111, known as "Farmer George", 1760 - 1820. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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