Scripts Σωτήρ(Ancient Greek)
Other Forms FormsSotir (modern Greek transcription)
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Meaning & History
Derived from the Greek noun σωτήρ (soter) meaning "saviour, deliverer, preserver". This name was often used as an epithet, for both gods (such as Zeus and Apollo) and real-life rulers, such as Ptolemy I Soter of Egypt (4th century BC) and Antiochus I Soter of the Seleucid Empire (3rd century BC).Another notable bearer of this name is pope Soter (2nd century AD), though in his case the name appears to be an anglicization of Soterus or SOTERIUS.