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Quick Facts on Salvador

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Latin, Spanish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 584
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Salvador

  • Inspirational
  • Highly Intuitive
  • Spiritual Teacher
  • Extremely Bright
  • Uplifting
  • Truth-seeker

Etymology & Historical Origin - Salvador

Salvador is a Spanish male name that is derived from the Late Latinate “Salvator” which means ‘savior’. The word has essentially the same meaning as “Messiah” which comes from the Hebrew indicating the ‘anointed one’. Given the importance of Catholicism among the Spanish-speaking population, it’s clear why Salvador holds a position of importance within this culture’s naming traditions. The most famous name bearer is Spanish artist Salvador Dalí who led the early 20th century surrealist movement. Salvador is also the name of the Central American country, El Salvador. In the early 1500s, Spanish conquistadors discovered the area and named it: "Provincia De Nuestro Señor Jesus Cristo, El Salvador Del Mundo" (Province of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World), which was eventually abbreviated to "El Salvador” (The Savior). The name Salvador is still quite popular in both Spain and Catalonia.

Popularity of the Name Salvador

Salvador first appeared on the U.S. male naming charts right at the turn of the 20th century in 1900. The name’s history in America is both impressive and uneventful. On the one hand, Salvador has maintained a spot on the charts consistently for over 100 years. On the other hand, the name has never been used beyond low-moderate levels. Naming one’s child “savior” does indeed make a statement, but Hispanic/Latino natives fully embrace the power of highly religious names more so than English-speakers (think: Jesús). Salvador, like his Italian brother Salvatore, is a gorgeous name befitting for an artist, a footballer, a poet or a romantic. Nicknames can include Chava, Voro or Salvo. The name has a handsome quality and is not one of the more heavily used Spanish monikers in America, giving it a more unique sensibility compared to Juan, Xavier or José for instance. The idea of ‘savior’ gives the name a certain brightness. We think Salvador is a maravilloso choice for any niño!
Popularity of the Boy Name Salvador
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Salvador

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Salvador

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Salvador

    Salvador We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Salvador.

  • Popular Songs on Salvador

    Popular Songs on Salvador

    Blues for Salvador - a song by Santana

    El Salvador - a song by Athlete

    El Salvador - a song by Peter, Paul & Mary

    El Salvador - a song by White Lion

    Salvador - a song by Beverley Knight

    Salvador - a song by Jamie T [explicit]

    Salvador Sanchez - a song by Sun Kil Moon

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Salvador

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Salvador

    El Salvador (Kathleen Deady) - Each chapter answers a different question about the country's history, government, economy, daily life, holidays, school, housing, and much more. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    El Salvador the Land (Greg Nickles) - El Salvador is a mix of native and Spanish customs and traditions. "El Salvador - The People and Culture" introduces children to the fascinating celebrations of life and history of the Salvadoran people. The topics covered include: religion - Christianity, Roman Catholicism, and Protestantism; holidays and festivals including El Quince de Septiembre (Independence Day) and La Navidad (The Nativity); art and folk art; traditional and modern dance and music; language and literature; folklore; and, urban and rural celebrations. Recommended for ages 9-14.

    Salvador Dali (Robert Anderson & Anna Maria Guasch Ferrer) - Los artistas en su mundo series. Ofrecer a los niños la oportunidad de descubrir y entender las piezas de arte que todavía influyen su mundo, esta serie recopila y presenta las obras de los artistas más adorados del mundo en relación de sus vidas y de los eventos culturales e históricos que ocurrían en el mundo que les rodeaba. Reproducciones excelentes y fotografía original ofrecen una conexión personal a la vida de cada artista. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Salvador Dali and the Surrealists: Their Lives and Ideas (Michael Elsohn Ross) - Includes 21 activities for kids. The bizarre and often humourous creations of Magritte, Miro, Salvador Dali, and other surrealists are showcased in this activity guide for young artists. Foremost among the surrealists, Salvador Dali was a painter, filmmaker, designer, performance artist, and eccentric self-promoter. His famous icons, including the melting watches, double images, and everyday objects set in odd contexts, helped to define the way people view reality and encourage children to view the world in new ways. Dali's controversial life is explored while children trace the roots of some familiar modern images. These wild and wonderful activities include making Man Ray-inspired solar prints, filming a Daliesque dreamscape video, writing surrealist poetry, making collages, and assembling art with found objects. Recommended for ages 10-14.

    Salvador Dali: Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists (Mike Venezia) - This book provides an entertaining and humorous introduction to the famous artist, Salvador Dali. Full-color reproductions of the actual paintings are enhanced by Venezia’s clever illustrations and story line. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    The Mad, Mad, Mad World of Salvador Dali (Angela Wenzel) - Adventures in Art. This book presents the strange, humorous and wildly inventive paintings of Salvador Dali. The author helps children unlock the mysteries of Dali's artwork by explaining his use of detail, color and illusion. Each double page spread in this book explores a single work to illustrate the ideas and influences that shaped Dali's work. The author introduces themes such as dream imagery, landscape painting, portraiture and satire. Throughout the book, the artist's sense of playfulness and mystery shine through, revealing to children the wondrous qualities of art. Recommended for ages 8-12.

  • Famous People Named Salvador

    Famous People Named Salvador

    Famous People Named Salvador - Salvador Dali (artist); Salvador Allende (deposed president of Chile); Salvador Bacarisse (Spanish composer); Salvador Ballesta Vialcho, aka Salva (Spanish soccer player); Salvador Espriu (Catalan poet); Salvador Gonzáles Escalona (Cuban artist); Salvador Laurel (Philippines politician); Salvador Luria (Nobel laureate, medicine); Salvador Novo López (Mexican writer); Salvador Puig Antich (Spanish anarchist executed by Francisco Franco); Salvador Sánchez (Mexican boxer)

  • Children of Famous People Named Salvador

    Children of Famous People Named Salvador

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Salvador - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Salvador.

  • Historic Figures

    Salvador - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Salvador Dalí (11 May 1904 – 23 Jan 1989) - Salvador Dalí was an important 20th century Spanish artist noted mainly for his role in the movement of surrealism as defined by his most prominent work “The Persistence of Memory”. Born in Figueras, Spain in 1904 he enjoyed a happy childhood until the death of his mother from cancer when he was 16. This event would profoundly impact the young artist. After attending art school, Dalí would soon make his way to Paris, the center of the art world, during the time of Cubanism and Dada which heavily influenced him. Considered imaginative and eccentric, Salvador was quickly invited into the most prestigious inner-circles of the Parisian art world. This would include Picasso who admired Dalí’s work. By the 1930s, Salvador Dalí became one of the icons of Surrealism (although he had many other artistic pursuits including sculpture, photography, writing and filmmaking). His work was avant-garde, lasting and as memorable as his flamboyant mustache.

Personality of the Boy Name Salvador

The number 11 is a Master Number, and embodies heightened traits of the Two. This personality is on a life journey to find spiritual truth. They are extremely idealistic and intuitive. Elevens have a rare and exceptional spiritual energy that brings a sense of obligation to illuminate the world around them. It's a very powerful responsibility, but these people have far more potential than they know. It's important that they surrender to higher ideals. They have the capacity to see the bigger picture, and they possess the skills to inspire others spiritually. Elevens have strong diplomatic skills and can become great peacemakers. Master numbers can be both a blessing and a curse, as they walk the fine line between greatness and the potential for self-destruction.

Variations of the Baby Name - Salvador

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