Unisex Baby Name


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Quick Facts on Sawyer

  • Gender:
  • Unisex
  • Origin:
  • American, English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • N/A
Simple meaning:
who saws wood; mischievous little boy (via Tom Sawyer)

Characteristics of Sawyer

  • Independent
  • Individualistic
  • Ambitious
  • Strong-willed
  • Inventive
  • Successful

Etymology & Historical Origin - Sawyer

The name Sawyer is the quintessential American boy’s name. The etymology is clear: it comes from a beloved American literary character created by Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain) called Tom Sawyer. Sawyer became symbolic of this ever-mischief-making, harmlessly naughty, and adventurous little boy. It seems that the word “tomfoolery” should have been created for him (although it wasn’t). In America, the usage of Sawyer as a forename most likely comes from Twain’s enduring character. However, Sawyer also originated as a surname from an occupational name in England. In Middle English the word “saghe” means "one who saws wood" and men with such occupations became known as "sawyers" during medieval times when the process of preparing timber was a critical and indispensible skill, extremely important and highly respected. The earliest recording of this surname in England appeared in the 13th century as “Sayhere.”

Popularity of the Name Sawyer

Sawyer first appeared on the U.S. popularity charts in the year 1991 for baby boys (followed as a girl's name in 2010). Now officially unisex, Sawyer still feels more masculine than feminine. Surnames do have a gender-neutral quality by definition, but this one has “little boy” written all over it. When we hear the name Sawyer, we just can’t help smiling to ourselves. The name achieved moderate levels of usage quickly for boys after appearing on the charts, but it suddenly enjoyed a significant push from 2005-2006. No coincidence there; the popular TV drama, Lost, debuted at the end of 2004 and featured a character named James “Sawyer” Ford. Ruggedly handsome, wickedly sarcastic, and generally narcissistic, Sawyer became a fan favorite which is reflected on the naming charts. For girls, Sawyer has only been in circulation for a brief period (and is much less popular for the X chromosomes than it is for the Y's).
Popularity of the Unisex Name Sawyer
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Personality of the Unisex Name Sawyer

The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged.  They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.

Variations of the Baby Name - Sawyer

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