What does Sal mean?
Sal /sal/ [1 syll.] as a boys' name (also used as girls' name Sal) is of Latin derivation, and the meaning of the name Sal is "savior". Sal is an alternate spelling of Salvador (Latin): Spanish version of Salvator. Sil is a common surname.
How popular is Sal?
Sal is a somewhat prominent first name for males (#952 out of 1220, Top 78%) and an even more prominent surname for all people (#68569 out of 150436, Top 46%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Sal for boys. Sal was first listed in 1940-1949 and reached its apex position of #836 in the U.S. in the 1940s, but is not in the Top 1000 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a charted analysis of the usage of the boy name Sal and affiliated names. Salvador (#600 a year ago) and Salvatore (#899) are the prominent alternative forms of Sal rated in the Top 1000. Forms like Sauveur are uncommon. These boy names reached the top of their popularity during 1940-1949 (usage of 0.521%) and have become much less popular since (usage 0.167%, 67.9% less), with the form Salvatore becoming less stylish. Salvador (#600) is the most trendy name for newborns among these. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Sal is pronounced similarly to Sail, Saul▲, Seal, Sill, Sol▼ and Zale. Other suggested similar baby names are Cal▼, Dal, Gal, Hal▼, Pal, Sahel, Sahil, Sam▼, Saulo, Sela, Shaul, Sly, Tal and Val▼. These names tend to be less commonly used than Sal.