First name origins & meanings:
- Middle English: Woodsman
- Welsh: Carpenter
First name variations: Saw, Sayre, Sayres, Sawyer, Sayre, Sayres
Last name origins & meanings:
- English: from the Middle English personal name Saher or
Seir. This is probably a Norman introduction of the Continental
Germanic personal name Sigiheri, composed of the elements
sigi ‘victory’ + heri ‘army’. However, it could also
represent a Middle English survival of an unrecorded Old English name,
Sǣhere, composed of the elements sǣ ‘sea’ +
- English: occupational name, from Middle
English saghier (see Sawyer) or Old French seieor.
- English: occupational name for a
professional reciter, from an agent derivative of Middle English
say(en), sey(en) ‘to say’.
- English: from a reduced
form of Middle English assayer, an agent derivative of
assay ‘trial’, ‘test’, Old French essay (from Late Latin
exagium, a derivative of exagmināre ‘to weigh’),
hence an occupational name for an assayer of metals or a taster of
- English: occupational name for a maker or seller of
say, a type of cloth, from Middle English say + the
agent suffix -er. See also Say.
- Welsh: occupational
name from Welsh saer ‘carpenter’ or from saer maen
‘stonecutter’, i.e. mason.
- French: occupational name for a
reaper or mower, from an agent derivative of Old French seer
‘to cut’ (Latin secare).
- Dutch: occupational name
for a weaver of serge, from an agent derivative of saai
- Dutch: occupational name from zaaier ‘sower’.
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