Meaning and Origin of: Sawyer

Meaning and Origin of Sawyer

Girl name origins & meanings

  • Middle English : Woodsman

What does Sawyer mean and stand for?

The name Sawyer is of English origin and means "woodcutter." It is derived from the Middle English surname for "sawer of wood".

Syllables: 2

Boy name origins & meanings

  • Middle English : Woodsman

What does Sawyer mean and stand for?

The name Sawyer is of English origin and means "woodcutter." It is derived from the Middle English surname for "sawer of wood".

Syllables: 2

Boy name variations

Family name origins & meanings

  • English : occupational name for someone who earned his living by sawing wood, Middle English saghier, an agent derivative of sagh(en) ‘to saw’.
  • Americanized form of some like-sounding Jewish surname or a translation of Seger.

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Popularity

According to Social Security Administration data, as a boys' name, Sawyer has been consistently popular, only recently falling out of the top 100 which it was in from 2015 to 2018. Since then, it has decreased in popularity. Not quite as popular as a girls' name, Sawyer has consistently maintained a spot in the mid-200s for women.

However, it is the 5th most popular name on FamilyEducation.com.

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Sawyer was at its peak popularity in June 2020.

Sawyer was originally a surname and occupational name before becoming the popular given name we know today. Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg named their son Sawyer, arguably causing the sudden spike in popularity. Celebrities Sara Gilbert and Diane Farr followed suit but for their daughters. Sawyer has also been chosen for characters in Lost and One Tree Hill.

Where is it Popular?

Sawyer was searched for most often in the following states:

Nicknames for Sawyer

  • Saw
  • Sawy
  • Sully
  • Sy

Pairs well with these middle names