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TypeSurname (from occupation)
UsageEnglish
PronouncedPron.SOI-ər
, SAW-yər
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Meaning & History

Occupational name meaning "sawer of wood, woodcutter" in Middle English, ultimately from Old English sagu meaning "saw". Mark Twain used it for the main character in his novel 'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer' (1876).

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Entry updated May 31, 2018   Contribute