Sawyer Family History

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Sawyer Name Meaning

English: occupational name for someone who earned his living by sawing wood, Middle English saghier, an agent derivative of sagh(en) ‘to saw’. Americanized form of some like-sounding Jewish surname or a translation of Seger.

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


Similar surnames: Sayer, Mawyer, Hawker, Saeger, Sadler, Lawyer, Mayer, Sauter, Seyer

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Sawyer Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Sawyer name?

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

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  • England & Wales

    51%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    18%

  • Germanic Europe

    6%

  • France

    4%

  • Norway

    3%

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Sawyer Family Origin

Where is the Sawyer family from?

Sawyer Family Occupations

What did your Sawyer ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Sawyer family was Labourer. Farmer, School and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Sawyer. The most common Sawyer occupation in Canada was Farmer. 21% of Sawyer's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

    21%
  • School

    12%
  • Laborer

    7%
  • Labourer

    6%

Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Sawyer ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Sawyer Historical Records

What Sawyer family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 386,000 census records available for the last name Sawyer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sawyer 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 31,000 immigration records available for the last name Sawyer. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 59,000 military records available for the last name Sawyer. For the veterans among your Sawyer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Sawyer Life Expectancy

What is the average Sawyer lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Sawyer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Sawyer in 1941 was 35, and 75 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Sawyer

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Sawyer ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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