© Lori Lappin, the Witch of WITCHCRAFTS ARTISAN ALCHEMY®
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A daughter of the Clan of the Gryphon (a Lion-Eagle-Dragon creature of ancestral folklore), my father's distinguished surname Taylor came to England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Anglo-Norman Taylor Clan is first found in Somerset and Kent following the Battle of Hastings when granted land by King William. The Normans were the people who, in the 10th and 11th centuries, gave their name to Normandy, a region in France. They were descended from Norse ("Norman" comes from "Norseman") Vikings (Old English wicingas—"pirates") from Denmark, Iceland and Norway. The Viking Rollo was the first Norman. I am a clan descendant of Rollo the Viking, Rollo is generally identified with one Viking in particular – a man of high social status mentioned in Icelandic sagas, which refer to him by the Old Norse name Göngu-Hrólfr, meaning "Hrólfr the Walker". Members of Clan Rollo are also found in Scotland after 1114. Rollo is the great-great-great-grandfather of William the Conqueror, or William I of England. Through William, he is one of the ancestors of the present-day British royal family, as well as an ancestor of all current European monarchs and a great many claimants to abolished European thrones.