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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Sawyer

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  • A submission from Tennessee, United States says the name Sawyer means "Sawyer means woodsman".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Saw"yer
  1. One whose occupation is to saw timber into planks or boards, or to saw wood for fuel; a sawer.
  2. A tree which has fallen into a stream so that its branches project above the surface, rising and falling with a rocking or swaying motion in the current.(U.S)
  3. [Zoöl] The bowfin.(Local, U.S)

Etymology: Saw + -yer, as in lawyer. Cf. Sawer

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Any of several beetles whose larvae bore holes in dead or dying trees especially conifers
  2. One who is employed to saw wood
  1. An occupational surname​ for someone who made a living from sawing wood.
  2. A male given name transferred from the surname.
  3. A city/town in Kansas.
  4. A ghost town in Nebraska.
  5. A city/town in North Dakota.
  6. A town in Oklahoma.

Notable Persons Named Sawyer

Sawyer Fredericks is a musician. He was most active from 2015 to present. Sawyer was given the name Sawyer Christopher Fredericks on March 31st, 1999 in Newtown, Connecticut.


Sawyer Sweeten was an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1996 to 2015. Sawyer was given the name Sawyer Storm Sweeten on May 12th, 1995 in Brownwood, Texas, United States. He passed away on April 23rd, 2015.


Sawyer Janes is a sports team member for the Virginia Beach Piranhas.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Sawyer


Margaret Ellen Sawyer is a comics character.


Diane Sawyer is a journalist and television journalist. She has been prominent since 1962. Diane was given the name Lila Diane Sawyer on December 22nd, 1945 in Glasgow, Kentucky, United States.


Chris Sawyer is a pc game, video game developer, and computer gamedeveloper. Chris was born in Dundee.


Peyton Sawyer is a soap character.


Natalie was given the name Natalie Lorraine Sawyer on October 23rd, 1979 in Ealing.


How popular is the baby name Sawyer in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1913 7 0 7
1978 5 0 5
1983 9 0 9
1984 11 0 11
1985 19 0 19
1986 58 10 48
1987 77 14 63
1988 65 12 53
1989 88 16 72
1990 107 16 91
1991 146 20 126
1992 322 23 299
1993 417 42 375
1994 501 38 463
1995 490 52 438
1996 435 55 380
1997 431 42 389
1998 489 60 429
1999 522 59 463
2000 598 81 517
2001 533 62 471
2002 527 64 463
2003 639 69 570
2004 695 103 592
2005 1,171 102 1,069
2006 1,536 147 1,389
2007 1,645 135 1,510
2008 1,848 175 1,673
2009 2,149 253 1,896
2010 2,568 349 2,219
2011 2,562 384 2,178
2012 3,281 541 2,740
2013 3,849 687 3,162
2014 4,556 965 3,591
2015 5,485 1,219 4,266 #94 boy name
2016 5,510 1,277 4,233 #97 boy name
2017 5,531 1,385 4,146 #95 boy name

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International Interest for Sawyer

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Popularity in the US

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Popularity of Sawyer as a first name

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Popularity of Sawyer as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Sawyer U.S.
  White 80.83% 64.26%
  African American 13.62% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.71% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.57% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.99% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.29% 16.26%

Of Last Name Sawyer

People with the last name Sawyer are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Sawyer

  • What name lists does Sawyer rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Sawyer? Sawyer is the 1,017th most popular name of all time. In 2017 Sawyer was the 95th most popular name. As a last name Sawyer was the 707th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Sawyer have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 48,882 babies born with the first name Sawyer in the United States. That's more than enough people named Sawyer to occupy the territory of Faroe Islands (Denmark) with an estimated population of 48,285 (as of March 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Sawyer? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1913 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Sawyer first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Sawyer is Saturday, November 2nd, 1878.
  • What year had the most people named Sawyer born? The highest recorded use of the first name Sawyer was in 2015 with a total of 4,266 babies. That's a lot of babies named Sawyer!
  • Random Sawyer Factoid: According to the 2017 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Sawyer ranks 49th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Idaho. Imagine that, 38 babies in Idaho have the same name as you in 2017.
  • Weird things about the name Sawyer: Your name in reverse order is Reywas. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Yasrwe. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Sawyer? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 49,028 people with the last name Sawyer.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Sawyer? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 17 of them will have Sawyer as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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