Sawyer Origin and Meaning

The name Sawyer is a boy's name of English origin meaning "woodcutter".

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 one of the top unisex names. Both Sara Gilbert and Diane Farr used Sawyer for their daughters, while it was given a boost as a boys' name 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.

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.

# 127 in the US

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# 80 on Nameberry

Sawyer Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

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Famous People Named Sawyer

  • Sawyer Christopher FredericksAmerican singer,songwriter ("The Voice")
  • Sawyer Fultonring name of Jacob Southwick, American pro wrestler
  • Sawyer Storm Sweetenlate American actor; twin brother of Sullivan Sweeten
  • Sawyer HartmanYouTuber
  • Sawyer Spielbergson of director Steven Spielberg
  • Sawyer Steven Yount (b. 2010)son of TV journalist Erica Hill and David Yount
  • Sawyer Hooray Shapiro (b. 2015)son of radio personality Todd Shapiro and model Irina Funtikova
  • Sawyer Hollisson of blogger Rachel Hollis

Sawyer in Pop Culture

  • James "Sawyer" Forda main character on TV's "Lost"
  • Sawyercharacter in movie "Dolphin Tale"
  • Sawyercharacter in anime series "Pokémon: XY"
  • Sawyerzombie on Canadian animated series "Camp Lakebottom"
  • "Tom Sawyer" novel by Mark Twain and its main character
  • Sawyer BrownAmerican band
  • Sawyer Browncharacter in the book "She is One of the Boys" by E.M. Molleja
  • Veronica Sawyer"Heathers"

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