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Sawyer Family History

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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Where is the Sawyer family from?

You can see how Sawyer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sawyer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Sawyer families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 230 Sawyer families living in Ontario. This was about 42% of all the recorded Sawyer's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Sawyer families in 1911.
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What did your Sawyer ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Farmer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Sawyer. 40% of Sawyer men worked as a Farmer and 16% of Sawyer women worked as a Farmer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Sawyer were Engineer and Stenographer.

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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 1921

  • Farmer
    40%
  • Labourer
    10%
  • Laborer
    6%
  • Engineer
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
    16%
  • Income
    14%
  • Housekeeper
    14%
  • Stenographer
    11%
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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.

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