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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Tai"lor
  1. One whose occupation is to cut out and make men's garments; also, one who cuts out and makes ladies' outer garments."Well said, good woman's tailor . . . I would thou wert a man's tailor." [Shak.]
  2. [Zoöl]
    1. The mattowacca; -- called also tailor herring.
    2. The silversides.
  3. [Zoöl] The goldfish.(Prov. Eng)

Etymology: OF. tailleor, F. tailleur, fr. OF. taillier, F. tailler to cut, fr. L. talea a rod, stick, a cutting, layer for planting. Cf. Detail Entail Retail Tally (n.)

verb Tai"lor
To practice making men's clothes; to follow the business of a tailor.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A person whose occupation is making and altering garments
  2. Adjust to a specific need or market ("tailor your needs to your surroundings")
  3. Create (clothes) with cloth
  4. Style and tailor in a certain fashion

From Anglo-Norman taillour, from Old French tailleor, from taillier, from Late Latin talio, from Latin talea (“a cutting”).

  1. A person who makes, repairs, or alters clothes professionally, especially suits and men's clothing.
    He works as a on Swanston Street.
  2. (Australia) The fish Pomatomus saltatrix.

Notable Persons With the Last Name Tailor

Wax Tailor is a trip hop, turntablism, hip hop music, downtempo, electronica, and electro swing disc jockey and hip hop production. His ongoing career started in 2001. Wax was given the name Jean-Christophe Le Saoût on July 19th, 1975.


Kanubhai Hasmukhbhai Tailor is a social worker. Kanubhai was born on May 17th, 1956 in Adas, Kheda, Gujarat, India.


Sun Tailor is an indie rock, folk music, folk rock, and indie folk musician. He was most active from 2008 to present. Sun was born on June 28th, 1980. Sun is also known as Arnon Naor.


Stanley Tailor is an athlete for the Team VVCS.


How popular is the baby name Tailor in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1988 6 6 0
1989 16 8 8
1990 22 16 6
1991 40 34 6
1992 48 36 12
1993 73 68 5
1994 63 53 10
1995 73 62 11
1996 62 55 7
1997 78 71 7
1998 59 50 9
1999 74 62 12
2000 50 45 5
2001 47 42 5
2002 39 33 6
2003 36 30 6
2004 31 31 0
2005 36 36 0
2006 39 34 5
2007 25 19 6
2008 35 27 8
2009 31 26 5
2010 12 6 6
2011 16 10 6
2012 23 18 5
2013 12 12 0
2014 10 10 0
2015 14 14 0
2016 15 10 5
2017 13 13 0

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Tailor U.S.
  White 11.28% 64.26%
  African American 7.29% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 75.91% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.59% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.47% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.47% 16.26%

Of Last Name Tailor

People with the last name Tailor are most frequently White or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Tailor

  • How Popular is the name Tailor? Tailor is the 9,945th most popular name of all time. As a last name Tailor was the 28,131st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Tailor have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,098 babies born with the first name Tailor in the United States. That's more than enough people named Tailor to occupy the territory of Niue (New Zealand) with an estimated population of 1,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Tailor? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1988 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • What year had the most people named Tailor born? The highest recorded use of the first name Tailor was in 1997 with a total of 71 babies.
  • Random Tailor Factoid: According to the 1996 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Tailor is not a popular baby girl's name in Ohio. Imagine that, only 6 babies in Ohio have the same name as you in 1996.
  • Weird things about the name Tailor: Your name in reverse order is Roliat. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Oirlat. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Tailor? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 851 people with the last name Tailor.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Tailor? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Tailor as their last name since less than 1 person in 345k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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