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Type Surname (from occupation)
Usage English
Pronounced Pron. 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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