From an Old French personal name of Germanic (Frankish) origin, from hros ‘horse’ + lind ‘weak, tender, soft’. It was adopted by the Normans and introduced by them to Britain. In the Middle Ages it was reanalysed by folk etymology as if from Latin rosa linda ‘lovely rose’. Its popularity as a given name owes much to its use by Edmund Spenser for the character of a shepherdess in his pastoral poetry, and by Shakespeare as the name of the heroine in As You Like It (1599).
English and Scottish: occupational name for a tailor, from Old French tailleur (Late Latin taliator, from taliare ‘to cut’). The surname is extremely common in Britain and Ireland, and its numbers have been swelled by its adoption as an Americanized form of the numerous equivalent European names, most of which are also very common among Ashkenazic Jews, for example Schneider, Szabó, and Portnov.