Meaning and Name Origin
Sawyer \sa(w)-yer\ as a boys' name is of Middle English origin, and the meaning of Sawyer is "wood-worker". Occupational name. Literary: most familiar as the name of Mark Twain's boy hero, Tom Sawyer.
Sawyer is an uncommon given name for males but a very popular surname for both adults and children (#514 out of 88799, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the baby name popularity of Sawyer for boys. Sawyer was first listed in 1991 and reached its apex position of #110 in the U.S. in the year 2014. (2014 Birth Statistics)