Sawyer is a surname with a more relaxed and friendly feel than many others, and is one of the hottest occupational names right now, with the Nameberry seal of approval. Sawyer is becoming increasingly unisex--both Sara Gilbert and Diane Farr used Sawyer for their daughters -- though it was also given a boost by the character Sawyer on "Lost", an alias for the character really named James Ford.
Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg were among the first to discover Sawyer when they used it for their son in 1992, the year it leaped up 356 places; it's now at Number 120. Sawyer recently entered the girls' Top 1000, ranking Number 448 in 2013. In real numbers, there are more than four times as many boys as girls named Sawyer.
Sawyer is a relatively common surname--think Tom and Diane. It originated as an occupational name for a woodcutter, otherwise known as someone who worked with a saw.
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