First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Saw

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
(imp.) of See.
noun Saw
  1. Something said; speech; discourse.(Obs)"To hearken all his sawe." [Chaucer.]
  2. A saying; a proverb; a maxim."His champions are the prophets and apostles, His weapons holy saws of sacred writ." [Shak.]
  3. Dictate; command; decree.(Obs)"Love] rules the creatures by his powerful saw." [Spenser.]

Etymology: OE. sawe, AS. sagu; akin to secgan to say. See Say (v. t.) and cf. Saga

noun Saw
An instrument for cutting or dividing substances, as wood, iron, etc., consisting of a thin blade, or plate, of steel, with a series of sharp teeth on the edge, which remove successive portions of the material by cutting and tearing.

Note: Saw is frequently used adjectively, or as the first part of a compound.

Etymology: OE. sawe, AS. sage; akin to D. zaag, G. säge, OHG. sega saga, Dan. sav, Sw. såg, Icel. sög, L. secare to cut, securis ax, secula sickle. Cf. Scythe Sickle Section Sedge

verb Saw
  1. To cut with a saw; to separate with a saw; as, to saw timber or marble.
  2. To form by cutting with a saw; as, to saw boards or planks, that is, to saw logs or timber into boards or planks; to saw shingles; to saw out a panel.
  3. Also used figuratively; as, to saw the air.
verb Saw
  1. To use a saw; to practice sawing; as, a man saws well.
  2. To cut, as a saw; as, the saw or mill saws fast.
  3. To be cut with a saw; as, the timber saws smoothly.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A power tool for cutting wood
  2. Hand tool having a toothed blade for cutting
  3. A condensed but memorable saying embodying some important fact of experience that is taken as true by many people
  4. Cut with a saw ("saw wood for the fireplace")
  1. (slang, African American Vernacular English) A Bahamian.

Notable Persons Named Saw

Notable Persons Named Saw

Saw Maung

Saw Maung was a Prime Minister of Burma, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Myanmar, and Tatmadaw. His career lasted from 1988 to 1992. His military service ended in 1992. Saw was born on May 12th, 1928 in Mandalay. He died on July 24th, 1997.

Saw Ba U Gyi

Saw Ba U Gyi is a Minister for Transport, Communications of Burma, Minister of Revenue of British Burma, and 1st President of theKaren National Union. Saw was born in Pathein.

Saw Phaik Hwa

Saw was born in 1957 in Kuala Lumpur. Saw is also known as Su Bihua.

Saw Lu

He was most active from 1077 to 1084. Saw was born as the child of Anawrahta and Agga Mahethi of Pagan on April 19th, 1049 in Bagan.

Saw O

His most notable accomplishments were from 1311 to 1323.

Saw Yun

He was most active from 1315 to 1327. Saw was born as the child of Thihathu and Yadanabon of Pinya in Pinle. He died on February 5th, 1327.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Saw

Notable Persons With the Last Name Saw

Lady Saw

Lady Saw is a dancehall and reggae singer, songwriter, and singing. She has been prominent since 1994. Lady was given the name Marion Hall in 1972 in Galina, Saint Mary, Jamaica.

Tenor Saw

Tenor Saw is a reggae and dancehall singer-songwriter and singjay. He was most prominent from 1980 to 1980. Tenor was given the name Clive Bright on December 2nd, 1966 in Kingston, Jamaica.

Maria Beatriz Saw

Maria Beatriz Saw is an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2007 to present. Maria was born Maria Beatriz Saw on November 17th, 1985 in Baao, Camarines Sur. Maria is also known as Beatriz Saw, Bea Saw, and Mommy Bei.

Min Shin Saw

His career lasted from 1300 to 1334. Min was born as the child of Kyawswa of Pagan and Saw Soe of Pagan in Bagan.

Ruth Lydia Saw

Ruth was born on August 1st, 1901. She breathed her last breath on March 23rd, 1986.

Athelstan Saw

Athelstan was born on July 16th, 1868. He left this life on November 28th, 1929.


Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Saw U.S.
  White 13.46% 64.26%
  African American 1.88% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 80.75% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.46% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Saw

People with the last name Saw are most frequently White or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Saw

  • How Popular is the name Saw? Saw is the 27,321st most popular name of all time. As a last name Saw was the 33,121st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Saw have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 205 babies born with the first name Saw in the United States. That's more than enough people named Saw to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Saw? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2008 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Saw first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Saw is Sunday, November 12th, 1882.
  • What year had the most people named Saw born? The highest recorded use of the first name Saw was in 2015 with a total of 31 babies.
  • Random Saw Factoid: According to the 2019 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Saw is not a popular baby boy's name in Minnesota. Imagine that, only 6 babies in Minnesota have the same name in 2019.
  • Weird things about the name Saw: The name spelled backwards is Was. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Wsa. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Saw? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 691 people with the last name Saw.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Saw? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Saw as their last name since less than 1 person in 435k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
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