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Type Surname (from occupation)
Usage Italian
Other Forms FormsTaliaferro, Telfer

Meaning & History

From the Italian tagliare "to cut" and ferro "iron" occupational name for an ironworker or a nickname for a strong or ferocious fighter, one who was adept at cutting through the cuirass of the enemy with his sword (see Telfer).
Added 10/10/2013 by Fanny
Edited 6/11/2016 by LMS and Fanny