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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  • Farmer

    33%
  • Clerk

    9%
  • Labourer

    7%
  • Servant

    6%

In 1881, Farmer, Clerk and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Sayer. The most common Sayer occupation in Canada was Farmer. 33% of Sayer's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Sayer family was Servant.

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Between 1943 and 2004, 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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