[ syll. saw-ney, sa-wn-ey ] The baby boy name Sawney is of Old Greek origin and it is used mainly in Scottish. The name has fallen into disuse since the 19th century, after it came into use as a vocabulary word for 'fool'. Sawney Beane was the legendary head of a 15th- or 16th-century clan in Scotland who was supposedly executed for cannibalism.
In addition, Sawney is a diminutive of Alexander (Dutch, English, German, Hungarian, and Slavic) in the Scottish language.
Sawney is also a variant of Sandy (English and Scottish) in the Scottish language.
Variant forms share the origin and meaning of Sawney.
Sawney is not commonly used as a baby boy name. It is not listed within the top 1000. Among the family of boy names directly related to Sawney, Alexander was the most widely used in 2018.