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in 2010



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 8 0 8
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 500 38 462
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 2,148 253 1,895
2010 2,567 349 2,218
2011 2,561 384 2,177
2012 3,276 541 2,735
2013 3,845 686 3,159
2014 4,550 964 3,586
2015 5,462 1,217 4,245 #94 boy name

Fun Facts about the name Sawyer

  • How many people with the first name Sawyer have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 37,798 babies born with the first name Sawyer in the United States. That's more than enough people named Sawyer to occupy the territory of Sint Maarten (the Netherlands) with an estimated population of 37,429 (as of January 1, 2010).
  • 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 4,245 babies. That's a lot of babies named Sawyer!
  • Random Sawyer Factoid: According to the 2012 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Sawyer ranks 87th in popularity as a baby boy's name in North Dakota. Imagine that, 14 babies in North Dakota have the same name as you in 2012.
  • 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 Rsewya. 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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Popularity of Sawyer as a first name

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Popularity of Sawyer as a last name

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Common last names for Sawyer

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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

Entire United States

Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Sawyer" mean? The list below shows the origins of Sawyer as well as things modernly associated with the name Sawyer such as celebrities named Sawyer.


Origin and Meaning of Sawyer

The name "Sawyer" is of English origin, and it means "Woodcutter". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

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 With the Name Sawyer

Sawyer Fredericks

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

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

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


Notable Persons With the Last Name Sawyer

Tom Sawyer

Tom Sawyer is a notable somebody.


Margaret Ellen Sawyer

Margaret Ellen Sawyer is a comics character.


Diane Sawyer

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

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


Peyton Sawyer

Peyton Sawyer is a soap character.


Natalie Sawyer

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

  • Josh Sawyer
    (game design)
  • Robert J. Sawyer
  • Celia Sawyer
  • Charles W. Sawyer
    (United States Secretary of Commerce)
  • Tom Sawyer
    (office holder)
  • Grant Sawyer
    (Governor of Nevada)
  • Dana Sawyer
    (professor of religion)
  • Hartley Sawyer
  • Harold Sawyer
    (famous human)
  • Lorenzo Sawyer
    (Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit)
  • Shawn Sawyer
    (figure skater)
  • Philetus Sawyer
    (office holder)
  • Robert Sawyer
    (important human)
  • Errol Sawyer
    (noteworthy individual)

What does the name Sawyer mean?

Sis for sweetheart, you really are!

Ais for assertive, a great leader

Wis for warmth, the glow of your friendship.

Yis for youthful, your eternal look.

Eis for elegant, born within you.

Ris for refreshing, the sparkling you.

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