Sadler last name popularity, history, and meaning

Find out how popular the last name Sadler is in the United States and learn more about the meaning, history, and race and ethnic origin of people in America who are named Sadler.

Meaning of Sadler

An occupational surname referring to one who made or sold saddles.

Sadler, like all of the last names we have data for, is identified by the U.S. Census Bureau as a surname which has more than 100 occurrences in the United States in the Decennial Census survey. The most recent statistics we have for the Sadler surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Sadler in America

Sadler is the 1678th most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Sadler surname appeared 21,504 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 7 people would have the surname Sadler.

We can also compare 2010 data for Sadler to data from the previous census in 2000. The table below contains all of the statistics for both years in a side-by-side comparison.

2010 2000 Change (%)
Rank 1678 1571 6.59%
Count 21,504 20,939 2.66%
Proportion per 100k 7.29 7.76 -6.25%

The history of the last name Sadler

The surname SADLER is an English occupational surname derived from the Old English word "sadel", meaning "saddle". It originated in medieval England, where it referred to a person who made and repaired saddles for horses.

The earliest recorded instance of the surname can be found in the Domesday Book of 1086, where it appears as "Sadelhiere" in Derbyshire. This suggests that the name had already become an established surname by the late 11th century.

During the Middle Ages, SADLER was a common surname in various regions of England, particularly in the counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, and Warwickshire. It was also found in some areas of Scotland, where it may have been adopted by English settlers or tradesmen.

One notable early bearer of the name was Geoffrey Sadler, a merchant and alderman in the city of London, who lived in the late 13th and early 14th centuries. Another was John Sadler, a renowned mathematician and astronomer, born in Oxfordshire in 1615.

In the 16th century, the SADLER surname appeared in historical records related to the English Reformation. Sir Ralph Sadler (1507-1587) was a prominent statesman and diplomat who served under King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I. He played a crucial role in the negotiations with Mary, Queen of Scots, during her imprisonment in England.

The SADLER name was also associated with the English Civil War in the 17th century. John Sadler (1615-1674) was a Puritan clergyman and writer who supported the Parliamentarian cause during the conflict.

In the 18th and 19th centuries, several notable individuals with the surname SADLER made significant contributions in various fields. Michael Thomas Sadler (1780-1835) was a social reformer and Member of Parliament who campaigned for factory reform and the abolition of child labor. Sir Michael Sadler (1861-1943) was a prominent educationalist and civil servant who served as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leeds.

Over the centuries, the SADLER surname has undergone various spelling variations, including Sadeler, Sadeler, Sadler, and Saddler, reflecting regional dialects and scribal preferences. However, the core meaning and origin of the name have remained unchanged, tracing back to its occupational roots in medieval England.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Sadler

We also have some data on the ancestry of people with the surname Sadler.

The below race categories are the modified race categories used in the Census Bureau's population estimates program. All people were categorized into six mutually exclusive racial and Hispanic origin groups:

  1. White only
  2. Black only
  3. American Indian and Alaskan Native only
  4. Asian and Pacific Islander only
  5. Hispanic
  6. Two or More Races

For the most recent 2010 census data, the race/ethnic origin breakdown for Sadler was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 80.20% 17,246
Non-Hispanic Black Only 14.16% 3,045
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only 0.58% 125
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.56% 120
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races 1.99% 428
Hispanic Origin 2.50% 538

Note: Any fields showing (S) means the data was suppressed for privacy so that the data does not in any way identify any specific individuals.

Since we have data from the previous census in 2000, we can also compare the values to see how the popularity of Sadler has changed in the 10 years between the two census surveys.

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 80.20% 82.15% -2.40%
Black 14.16% 13.92% 1.71%
Asian and Pacific Islander 0.58% 0.32% 57.78%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.56% 0.49% 13.33%
Two or More Races 1.99% 1.57% 23.60%
Hispanic 2.50% 1.55% 46.91%

Data source

The last name data and ethnic breakdown of last names is sourced directly from the Decennial Census survey, conducted every 10 years by the United States Census Bureau.

The history and meaning of the name Sadler was researched and written by our team of onomatology and genealogy experts.

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