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Sayer Name Meaning

English: from the Middle English personal name Saher or Seir. This is probably a Norman introduction of the Continental Germanic personal name Sigiheri, composed of the elements sigi ‘victory’ + heri ‘army’. However, it could also represent a Middle English survival of an unrecorded Old English name, S?here, composed of the elements s? ‘sea’ + here ‘army’. English: occupational name, from Middle English saghier (see Sawyer) or Old French seieor. English: occupational name for a professional reciter, from an agent derivative of Middle English say(en), sey(en) ‘to say’. English: from a reduced form of Middle English assayer, an agent derivative of assay ‘trial’, ‘test’, Old French essay (from Late Latin exagium, a derivative of exagminare ‘to weigh’), hence an occupational name for an assayer of metals or a taster of food. English: occupational name for a maker or seller of say, a type of cloth, from Middle English say + the agent suffix -er. See also Say. Welsh: occupational name from Welsh saer ‘carpenter’ or from saer maen ‘stonecutter’, i.e. mason. French: occupational name for a reaper or mower, from an agent derivative of Old French seer ‘to cut’ (Latin secare). Dutch: occupational name for a weaver of serge, from an agent derivative of saai ‘serge’. Dutch: occupational name from zaaier ‘sower’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Hayer, Sager, Layer, Rayer, Styer, Sawyer, Mayer, Seyer, Saker, Ayer

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Where is the Sayer family from?

You can see how Sayer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sayer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Sayer families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1891 there were 674 Sayer families living in London. This was about 18% of all the recorded Sayer's in the UK. London had the highest population of Sayer families in 1891.
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What did your Sayer ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Sayer. 7% of Sayer men worked as a General Labourer and 68% of Sayer women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Sayer were Horseman On Farm and Private Means.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Farmer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Horseman On Farm

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Private Means
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Passenger Lists

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There are 8,000 military records available for the last name Sayer. For the veterans among your Sayer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Sayer lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Sayer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1958. The average life expectancy for Sayer in 1943 was 26, and 71 in 2004.

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