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Sayer Surname Meaning

English: common occupational name from Middle English sayer a phonetic variant of Sawyer which in Wales and neighboring English counties may have been reinforced by the synonymous Welsh saer ‘carpenter’ and everywhere by a possible borrowing into Middle English of Old French seieor saieur ‘sawyer’. English: rare occupational name perhaps denoting an assayer of metals or a servant who tasted his lord's food before serving from Middle English saiour ‘assayer tester’ (a shortened form of Old French assaiour ultimately from Late Latin exagium a derivative of exagmināre ‘to weigh’). English: rare occupational name for a professional reciter or minstrel from Middle English seier(e) ‘speaker’. English: rare occupational name perhaps from a Middle English borrowing of Old French saier ‘cloth merchant’. English (of Norman origin): from the Anglo-Norman French and Middle English personal name Saher Seier (Old French Seheri) from ancient Germanic Sigeheri Sighari composed of the elements sig ‘victory’ + hari heri ‘army’. French: occupational name from Old French soieur seieor saieur ‘wood cutter sawyer reaper or mower’ from an agent derivative of Old French seer ‘to cut’ (from Latin secare).7: Dutch: occupational name for a farmer from zaaier ‘sower’ (compare ).8: South German: variant of Saier ‘sower’ (compare ). This surname is also found in France (Alsace and Lorraine).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

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 United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 674 Sayer families living in London. This was about 18% of all the recorded Sayer's in United Kingdom. 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 United Kingdom 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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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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