Sailor name meaning

Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

What does the name Sailor mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Sailor

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User Submitted Meanings

  1. A submission from the United States says the name Sailor means "boat man" and is of American origin.
  2. A submission from Puerto Rico says the name Sailor means "One who sails, one of water".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Sail"or
One who follows the business of navigating ships or other vessels; one who understands the practical management of ships; one of the crew of a vessel; a mariner; a common seaman.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A stiff hat made of straw with a flat crown
  2. A serviceman in the navy
  3. Any member of a ship's crew

Alteration of earlier sailer, from Middle English sailer, sayler, saylere, equivalent to sail +‎ -or. Cognate with German Segler (“sailor”). Eclipsed non-native Middle English marinel, marynell (“sailor”) borrowed from Old French marinel (“sailor”). See mariner.

  1. A person in the business of navigating ships or other vessels
  2. Someone knowledgeable in the practical management of ships.
    He's a talented and has spent many years at sea.
  3. A member of the crew of a vessel; a mariner; a common seaman.
  4. A person who sails sailing boats as a sport or recreation.
    Coordinate term: yachtsman
  5. Any of various nymphalid butterflies of the genera Neptis, Pseudoneptis and Phaedyma, having white markings on a dark base and commonly flying by gliding.

Notable Persons Named Sailor

Notable Persons Named Sailor

Sailor Moon

Sailor Moon is an animanga character.

Sailor Uranus

Sailor Uranus is an animanga character.

Sailor Saturn

Sailor Saturn is an animanga character.

Sailor Jerry

Sailor Jerry was a tattoo artist, sailor, and musician. Sailor was given the name Norman Keith Collins on January 14th, 1911 in Reno, Nevada. Sailor is also known as Norman K. Collins, Norman "Sailor Jerry" Collins, NKC, Sailor Jerry, SJ, and $. He died on June 12th, 1973.

Sailor Chibi Moon

Sailor Mars

Sailor Mars is an animanga character.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Sailor

Notable Persons With the Last Name Sailor

Wendell Sailor

Wendell Sailor is a rugby player.

Unknown Sailor

He left this life in 1786.

Syd Saylor

Syd Saylor was an actor. He was most prominent from 1926 to 1962. Syd was given the name Leo Sailor on March 24th, 1895 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. He left this life on December 21st, 1962.

Bugsy Sailor

Bugsy Sailor is a ceo of yooper steez and ceo ofyooper steez. Bugsy was given the name Justin Sailor on February 10th, 1983 in Baraga, Michigan, US.

Walter Ronnie Sailor

Michael J. Sailor

Michael J. Sailor is a in the fields of nanotechnology, porous silicon, and biomaterial.


Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Sailor U.S.
  White 70.98% 64.26%
  African American 21.64% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.16% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.20% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.40% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.61% 16.26%

Of Last Name Sailor

People with the last name Sailor are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Sailor

  • How Popular is the name Sailor? Sailor is the 5,608th most popular name of all time. As a last name Sailor was the 12,789th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Sailor have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,815 babies born with the first name Sailor in the United States. That's more than enough people named Sailor to occupy the territory of Svalbard and Jan Mayen (Norway) with an estimated population of 2,495 (as of March 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Sailor? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1997 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Sailor first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Sailor is Thursday, December 1st, 1881.
  • What year had the most people named Sailor born? The highest recorded use of the first name Sailor was in 2016 with a total of 245 babies.
  • Random Sailor Factoid: According to the 2019 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Sailor is not a popular baby girl's name in South Carolina. Imagine that, only 7 babies in South Carolina have the same name in 2019.
  • Weird things about the name Sailor: The name spelled backwards is Rolias. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Iraols. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Sailor? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,412 people with the last name Sailor.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Sailor? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Sailor as their last name since less than 1 person in 122k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
  • Sailor name meaning

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