Sayer Family History

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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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Sayer Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Sayer. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • France


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Sayer Family Origin

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Sayer Family Occupations

What did your Sayer ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Sayer family was Labourer. The most common Sayer occupation in the UK was Farmer. 5% of Sayer's were Farmers. Farmer, Agricultural Labourer and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Sayer.

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  • Farmer

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Carpenter

  • Labourer


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Sayer Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 97,000 census records available for the last name Sayer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sayer census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Sayer. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

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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Sayer Life Expectancy

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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