William Sayre and his wife Rionach Sayre were the parents of Isolt Sayre. They resided at Ilvermorny Cottage in Ireland. They died in a house fire in the early 17th century. Their daughter was saved and she later moved to the New World where she founded the school.
- William Sayre — husband of Rionach Sayre and father of Isolt Sayre
- Rionach Sayre — wife of William Sayre and mother of Isolt Sayre
- Isolt Sayre — founder of Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
(d. c. 1634)
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(b. c. 1634)
(b. c. 1634)
Sayre is a variant spelling of the English surname Sayer. This surname has multiple possible origins. The foremost possibility is that it derives from the Middle English given name Saher/Seir, itself a short form of the Germanic given name Sigiheri, meaning "victory army," from sigi, "victory", and heri, "army."
There are several occupational names from which it may derive. It may come from the same root as Sawyer, an occupational name for a woodcutter, which itself comes from the Middle English word saghier. The second possibility is an occupational name for a professional reciter (i.e. someone who recited poetry and prose for a living), derived from the Middle English sey(en), "to say." The third such possible origin is an occupational name for a person examined metals or tasted food, from the Middle English world assayer, "tester," from assay, "test, trial," from Old French essay.
The fourth possibility is a Middle English name for a person who made or sold a type of cloth called say, which was of similar construction to serge. The fifth possibility was a Welsh occupational name for either a carpenter (from the Welsh saer, "carpenter") or a mason (from saer maen, literally "stone-cutter"). The sixth possibility is that it derives from a French occupational name for a mower or reaper, from Old French seer, "to cut." The sixth possibility is that it derives from a Dutch occupational name for a person who wove serge, from the Dutch saai, "serge." The final possibility is that it comes from a Dutch occupational name for a sower, from zaaier, "one who sows."