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 97. Sawyer entered the girls' Top 1000 in 2010, jumping to Number 246 in 2016.
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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