Sawers History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Sawers is an Anglo-Saxon name. The name was originally given to a person who worked as the sawyer.   This individual bought wood and cut it with his saw in order to sell it the towns people. Occupational names frequently were derived from the principal object associated with the activity of the original bearer, such as tools or products. These types of occupational surnames are called metonymic surnames.
One source claims the name could have been Norman in origin as in "Radulphus de Sahurs, and the Ville of Sahurs, Normandy 1198."  While this entry is quite a bit later than the Norman Conquest, the presumption is that not all of the family accompanied the Conqueror in 1066.
Early Origins of the Sawers family
The surname Sawers was first found in various counties and shires throughout ancient Britain. The earliest record of the family was found in Berkshire where Nicholas le Sagyere was listed c. 1248. A few years later, Humfrey le Sayhare, le Sawyere, and Robert le Sawyere, le Saweare were both listed in the Assize Rolls of Somerset in 1270. 
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 also listed some of the first entries for the family: Ralph le Sawiere in Huntingdonshire; and Geoffrey le Sawere in London.  Further to the north, Philip le Sagher was listed in the Yorkshire in 1324. 
By the 15th century, the name was frequented much further north in Scotland where Alexander Sawer was burgess of Glasgow in 1447 and Andrew Sauer was juror on inquest at Prestwick in 1470. "Thomas Sawar was friar preacher in St. Andrews, 1545." 
Early History of the Sawers family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sawers research. Another 81 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1633, 1692, 1681, 1687, 1783, 1833 and 1812 are included under the topic Early Sawers History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Sawers Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Sawers has appeared include Sawyer, Sawier, Sawer and others.
Early Notables of the Sawers family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sir Robert Sawyer, of Highclere (1633-1692), Attorney General for England and Wales (1681-1687) and Speaker of the English House of Commons; and Admiral Sir...
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Sawers migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Sawers Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Mr. John Sawers, (b. 1805), aged 22, Scottish blacksmith who was convicted in Glasgow, Scotland for 14 years for robbery, transported aboard the "Florentia" on 14th August 1827, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1840 
Contemporary Notables of the name Sawers (post 1700) +
- Louisa Jane Sawers (b. 1988), English sprint kayaker rower at the 2012 Olympic Games, two-time gold and silver medalist
- Alexander Sawers, Scottish professional footballer who played from 1892-1893
- William "Bill" Sawers (1871-1960), Scottish footballer
- William Bowie Stewart Campbell Sawers (1844-1916), Scottish-born Australian politician, Member of the Australian Parliament for New England (1901-1903)
- Sir Robert John Sawers KCMG (b. 1955), British diplomat and senior civil servant, current Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6)
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The Sawers Motto +
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Cherches et tu trouveras
Motto Translation: Search and you will find.
- ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
- ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
- ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 5th October 2022). https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/florentia