Gender: Male Meaning of Sawyer: "woodcutter" Origin of Sawyer: English Sawyer's Popularity in 2018: #99

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.

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Rank in US: #99

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TechnoKitten Says:


It's an okay name for a boy, but too harsh and masculine for girls.

Francoamericano Says:


I really love this name

snowsbeloved Says:


My kitty's name :)

Evie_1 Says:


That is where we got the idea for the name :) It just stuck with us.

Evie_1 Says:


I picked it precisely because people wouldn't come up with their own nicknames or "shortened" names for him (like Beth, Lizzie, Liz for Elizabeth for example) Just personal preference. We do shorten it to "Saw" when we're calling for him just out of habit sometimes, but I wouldn't say it's a nickname. One thing that happens a lot, though, is people have their own preference for saying "Soy-yer" vs "Saw-yer". I tend to pronounce it Soy for some reason!

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Cara Jane Says:


I think it's spelled really awkwardly. I think kids would have a difficult time.

Daphodil Says:


I like Sawyer a lot, but am probably biased as I LOVE Sawyer in Lost ;)

Zelliew Says:


It's OK as a surname

headintheclouds Says:


My first association to Sawyer is Tom Sawyer. I actually dislike this as a first name, mostly due to the Saw- part; there are very few surname-names that I actually like. But I think Sawyer is one of those easy, simple surnames that would be nice to have, just uncomplicated to put down for forms and legal stuff :b

nameso1 Says:


I have always loved this name it is my favorite

boys name or just name in general because its getting popular for girls now to. When I picture a Sawyer I picture Ronan as a middle name but if I had to chose a whole different boys name and girls it would be Max Marshall and Hadley Avery.

Jamie_The_Writer Says:


I came up with a nickname. I think it's cute, but it is rather quirky. "Sawcy" It is an aquired taste. Comments?

strawberrydino Says:


I do like the name BUT the things I think of when I try picturing this name is awful!! Due to a kid I knew this name reminds me of a psychotic child with server social issues and a can of soybeans .. it would've been such a cute name if I didn't have those thoughts ):

nameso1 Says:


? are you adults

lillian85 Says:


It doesn't. I was just making a comment. It could be a good thing for parents who don't want anyone to use nicknames on their child.

Pemdas Says:


Why does it need a nickname?

lillian85 Says:


I have a hard time coming up with a nickname for this one.