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SOURCE: Given Name
OTHER FORMS: Salvadore, Salvadori, Salvatori
CONTRIBUTOR: anonymous on 11/3/2014
Meaning & History
Derived from the Italian masculine given name Salvatore
, which in turn was derived from the Italian noun salvatore
meaning "saviour, rescuer". The word ultimately comes from Latin salvator
meaning "saviour". The word came into use as a given name in honour of Jesus Christ, who was regarded as the saviour of all mankind and of the world. It eventually found use as a surname as well, in the form of a patronymic (i.e. via the given name).