Transferred use of the surname, in origin an occupational name for a tailor (Anglo-Norman taillour, a derivative of taillier ‘to cut’, Late Latin taleare). Use as a given name was influenced by the U.S. president Zachary Taylor (1784–1850), hero of the Mexican War. As a girl's name it became well established in North America in the 1980s and has since also taken root in Britain.
English: from the Old English personal name Hūnwine, composed of the elements hūn ‘bear cub’ + wine ‘friend’. Later in the Old English or early Middle English period, this name came to be confused with the word unwine ‘enemy’ (from the negative prefix un- + wine ‘friend’), and this is no doubt the source of the surname in some cases.