Thank youfor contacting me. Yes, I knew that some Italian ancestors/descendantswho used/uses the"Tagliaferro" spelling of this surname.
In Gaul, now France, Julius Caesar, supposedly honored a barbarian for saving his life that he prevented him from being murdered.Caesar made this man his personal attendant and he was permitted to carry arms (sword and dart); thus, Taliaferro originated from Latin tutum (a dart), and thus ferro (to bear).Eventually, a branch of this family wandered to Normandy, thence to England with William the Conqueror, etc..............(Whitley)
I have also read about this name Telfair (Italian) Tagliaferro, pronounced Tollifer.French "tailler, to cut, and fer, iron.It is said that the first of the name was so called from having cut a bar of iron in two with his sword.A smith.(Arthur)
If we go back in American History, in Va., it was spelled three ways:Talliaferro, Taliaferro and Tallifer, the latter was pronounced phonetically for all three surnames.Once in a while for the same person, it was shown as Tollifer.
So, we will findmany wonderful stories about these people who migrated all over Europe and then to America.Althoughnot all of my Taliaferro information was researched by me, I do have a great deal of information on this surname, especially deeds from Virginia.I give credit to those who did the original research, as so noted.
Dr. John Taliaferro, who settled in Wilkinson County, Georgia, wasmy g-g-g-g-g grandfather.He was born in Virginia, son of Captain Richard Taliaferro and Rose (Berryman)on April 7, 1733 and died in Wilkinson County on April 7, 1821.His first wife was:Mary Hardin, the mother of all (supposedly) of his children. His second wife was:Lydia Howard, whom he married in Baldwin County, Georgia, in 1814. If I can assist you in any way, please contact me.E...