1) Occupational term for a sieve maker.
An early occupational term not found in the OED which has sieve-maker. Nevertheless, in 1301 Laurence Syffewrythe of Farndale was one of four scattered North Riding taxpayers with the same by-name, so the craft may then have been regionally important. In 1590, John Beley of Beverley was a syve maker. There was a craft of sievewrights in Edinburgh, certainly from the early 1500s, and the surname survives in Scotland.