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Today's generation of the Sayer family bears a name that was brought to England by the migration wave that was started by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Sayer family lived in Essex. Their name, however, is a reference to St. Saire, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Alternatively, the name could have been a trade name for someone who was "an assayer of metals." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
And another variation is that it could have been "an Anglo-Norman personal name, as Saher de Quincy, the famous Earl of Winchester." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
There are at least three other listed origins of the name, but these latter three seem the most probable.

Sayer Early Origins



The surname Sayer was first found in Essex where the family's first listing of the name was found during the reign of Edward II. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Omitting the entries as a personal name, we also found: Stephanus filius Seir (1148-1152) and ? filius Saheri (Saieri) c. 1160 in Lincolnshire. Robertus filius Seer was listed in the 12th century in Nottinghamshire and Richard Sayer was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Devon in 1230. Thomas Sare and John Sayer were listed in the Feet of Fines of Essex in 1292. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

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Sayer Spelling Variations


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Sayer Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Sayer include Sayer, Sayers, Sayres and others.

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Sayer Early History


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Sayer Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sayer research. Another 231 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1655, 1718, 1695 and 1705 are included under the topic Early Sayer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sayer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sayer Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sayer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sayer In Ireland


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Sayer In Ireland



Some of the Sayer family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 109 words (8 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


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The Great Migration



In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Sayers to arrive on North American shores:

Sayer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Job Sayer settled in Lynn Massachusetts in 1630
  • Thomas Sayer, who arrived in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1630
  • William Sayer, aged 58, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Francis Sayer settled in Long Island in 1635
  • Elizabeth Sayer, who arrived in Hingham, Massachusetts in 1638
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Sayer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Andrew Sayer, who landed in Virginia in 1713
  • John Sayer settled in Georgia in 1774
  • James Sayer, who landed in New York in 1774

Sayer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Matthew Sayer, who arrived in New York, NY in 1827
  • Joseph Sayer, aged 40, arrived in Key West, Fla in 1838

Sayer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Robert Sayer, English convict from Norfolk, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]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
  • William Sayer arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Moffatt" in 1839 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MOFFATT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Moffatt.htm
  • Sarah Sayer arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Moffatt" in 1839 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MOFFATT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Moffatt.htm
  • Ernest Sayer, arrived in South Australia in 1848 aboard the ship "Victoria"
  • George Sayer arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Simlah" in 1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Sayer Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Richard Burgess Sayer, aged 21, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Oriental" in 1840
  • Elizabeth Sayer, aged 21, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jane Gifford" in 1842
  • Mary A. Sayer arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Apelles" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sayer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Sayer (post 1700)



  • Paul Sayer (b. 1955), English author, known for his first novel, The Comforts of Madness which won the 1988 Whitbread Award for both Best First Novel and Book of the Year
  • Flight Lieutenant Phillip Edward Gerald Sayer OBE (1905-1942), English chief test pilot for Gloster Aircraft; he flew Britain's maiden jet flight of the Gloster E.28/39 (Pioneer)
  • George Sydney Benedict Sayer (1914-2005), English teacher at Malvern College, best known for his biography of the author C. S. Lewis, a close friend of J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Leo Sayer (b. 1948), born Gerard Hugh Sayer, an English performing artist and singer-songwriter
  • John William Sayer (1879-1918), English recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Lady Sylvia Olive Pleadwell Sayer (1904-2000), early English conservator
  • Phil Sayer (1953-2016), British professional voice artist and newsreader on BBC North West Tonight, his voice was used on the London Underground saying to passengers "Mind the gap" and "Stand clear of the doors please"
  • Peter Sayer (b. 1955), Welsh professional footballer
  • Pierre Guillaume Sayer (1801-1868), Canadian Métis fur trader and voyageur for the North West Company (NWC) and later with the Hudson's Bay Company's (HBC); his trial ended the monopoly of the fur trade in North America
  • R. Andrew Sayer (b. 1949), British Professor of Social Theory and Political Economy at Lancaster University
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MOFFATT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Moffatt.htm

Other References

  1. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  4. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  6. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  7. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  8. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
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The Sayer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sayer 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.

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