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The Sawyer name was coined by the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Sawyer was originally a name given to someone who worked as a person who worked as the sawyer. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
[2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
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." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
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.

Sawyer Early Origins



The surname Sawyer 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. [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
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. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Further to the north, Philip le Sagher was listed in the Yorkshire in 1324. [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
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." [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
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)

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Sawyer Spelling Variations


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Sawyer Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Sawyer are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Sawyer include: Sawyer, Sawier, Sawer and others.

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Sawyer Early History


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Sawyer Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sawyer research. Another 314 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1633, 1692, 1681, 1687, 1783, 1833 and 1812 are included under the topic Early Sawyer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sawyer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sawyer Early Notables (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...

Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sawyer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sawyer In Ireland


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Sawyer In Ireland



Some of the Sawyer family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 82 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Sawyer or a variant listed above:

Sawyer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Sawyer settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Thomas Sawyer, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • William Sawyer settled in Virginia in 1624
  • Francis Sawyer settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Fra Sawyer, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Sawyer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Eliza Sawyer, who landed in Virginia in 1700

Sawyer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Sawyer, who arrived in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1806
  • C Sawyer, aged 30, arrived in New York, NY in 1822
  • S Sawyer, aged 33, arrived in New York, NY in 1822
  • John Sawyer, aged 15, landed in Key West, Fla in 1837
  • George Sawyer, aged 50, arrived in Key West, Fla in 1837
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Sawyer Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Michael Hyland Sawyer, who landed in Canada in 1812
  • Joseph Sawyer, who landed in Canada in 1831

Sawyer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Sawyer, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
  • Lavinia Sawyer arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairlee" in 1840 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRLIE/FAIRLEE 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Fairlie.htm
  • William Sawyer arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Anna Maria" in 1849
  • George Sawyer, English convict from Wiltshire, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on August 08, 1849, settling in Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia in 1849 with 303 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1849
  • John Sawyer arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "The Stebonheath" in 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Sawyer Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Sawyer, aged 24, a currier, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aurora" in 1840
  • Mary Sawyer, aged 27, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aurora" in 1840
  • John Sawyer landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842
  • William Sawyer, aged 40, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1865
  • Mary Ann Sawyer, aged 38, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1865
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sawyer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Sawyer (post 1700)



  • Daniel Edward Sawyer, American winner of an Olympic gold medal for golf at the 1904 Summer Games
  • William Edward Sawyer (1850-1883), American inventor
  • Hiram Arthur Sawyer (b. 1875), American Democrat politician, Washington County District Attorney, 1907-15; U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1915-23
  • Hiram Wilson Sawyer, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Governor of Wisconsin, 1898; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Wisconsin, 1904
  • Horace W. Sawyer, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 1944
  • Howard P. Sawyer, American Republican politician, Elected New Hampshire State House of Representatives from Brookfield 1956
  • J. E. Sawyer, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1884
  • J. S. Sawyer, American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 8th District, 1859-60
  • J. Theodore Sawyer, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Tioga County, 1878-79
  • Jack Sawyer, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 2008
  • ... (Another 119 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Sawyer Historic Events


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Sawyer Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. S Sawyer, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Robert James Sawyer (d. 1912), aged 30, English Window Cleaner from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Frederick Charles Sawyer (d. 1912), aged 33, English Third Class passenger from Basingstoke, Hampshire who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett

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Suggested Readings for the name Sawyer


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Suggested Readings for the name Sawyer



  • Four Generation of the Descendants of William Sawyer of Newbury, Massachusetts, in 1644 by Noreen C. Pramberg.
  • A Genealogical Dictionary of the Early Sawyer Families of New England, ca 1632-1900 by Fred E. Sawyer.

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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.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRLIE/FAIRLEE 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Fairlie.htm
  8. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia in 1849 with 303 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1849

Other References

  1. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  2. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  3. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  4. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  5. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  8. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  9. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  10. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  11. ...

The Sawyer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sawyer Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 10 November 2016 at 06:06.

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