The name is derived from the Spanish word for Savior and is used in honour of Christ. It is currently the 457th most popular male name in the United States, (2010). Its Italian cognate of Salvatore is the 895th most popular male name in the United States, (2010).
Other forms of the name include:
Saveur (French: archaic)
Sotirios Σωτήριος (Greek)
Common diminutives used especially among Italian-Americans are: Sal and Tory.