- this week

Gender: M Meaning of Sawyer: "woodcutter" Origin of Sawyer: English Sawyer's Popularity in 2015: #94

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 94. Sawyer entered the girls' Top 1000 in 2010, jumping to Number 260 in 2015.

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.

Famous People Named Sawyer

Sawyer Spielberg (b. 1992) son of director Steven Spielberg
Sawyer Sweeten (b. 1995), American actor; twin brother of Sullivan Sweeten
Sawyer Steven Yount (b. 2010), son of Erica Hill
Sawyer Hartman, YouTube film-maker and actor
Sawyer Hollis, son of blogger Rachel Hollis

Pop Culture References for the name Sawyer

James "Sawyer" Ford, a main character on the TV show "Lost"
Sawyer, character in movie "Dolphin Tale"
Sawyer Brown, American band
"Tom Sawyer," novel by Mark Twain and its main character