Last name origins & meanings:
- English (of Norman origin): habitational name from Sai in Orne
or Say in Indre, perhaps so called from a Gaulish personal name
Saius + the Latin locative suffix -acum.
- English: metonymic occupational name for a maker or seller of say, a
kind of finely textured cloth, Middle English say (from Old
French saie, Latin saga, plural of sagum
‘military cloak’). In some instances the surname may have arisen from
a nickname for an habitual wearer of clothes made of this
- Southern French: topographic name from saix
‘rock’ (Latin saxum), or a habitational name from a place named
with this word, for example, Say in Loire, Saix in Tarn and Vienne, Le
Saix in Hautes-Alpes, or Les Saix in Isère.
- William Say of Bristol, England, was a member of the Society of
Friends who settled in America toward the close of the 17th
century. His descendant Thomas Say (1787–1834) of Philadelphia is
known as the father of descriptive entomology in America.
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