The English surname Sayres is of Norman French origin deriving from the personal name Saher, or Seir, itself a shortened version of the Norman name “Sigiheri,” meaning “Victory-army.” The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Richard le Saer, a witness, which was dated 1204, in the Assize Rolls of Yorkshire. . The name is first recorded in the New World in the 17th Century where immigration records chart the arrival in Lynn, Massachusetts of one Thomas Sayre in 1630. Today there are approximately 450 bearers of the name Sayres in the United States.
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