This is a list of famous or notable people born in El Salvador or of Salvadoran descent (also see Salvadoran American).
Scholars, Authors, and Educators
- Alberto Masferrer, intellectual
- Alfredo Betancourt, educator, philosopher
- Ana Sol Gutiérrez, educator
- Claribel Alegría,writer
- Claudia Lars, poet
- Ignacio Martín-Baró, Social psychologist and priest
- Manlio Argueta, novelist
- Marcos Villatoro, author
- Pedro Geoffroy Rivas, poet, scholar
- Roque Dalton, poet
- Salarrué (Salvador Salazar Arrué), novelist, poet, painter.
- Dr. Tania Pleitez, art historian, author
- Adrian Bellani Italian-Salvadoran actor born in Miami.
- Allison Iraheta, winner of Telemundo reality show, Quinceañera
- Álvaro Torres, singer
- Crooked Stilo,Urban artist.
- Efren Ramirez, actor
- J.D. Pardo, actor
- DJ Keoki, Techno DJ
- Martina Topley-Bird, vocalist and songwriter
- Mauricio Merino Jr Actor and Model.
- Pescozada, Latino rap artist
- Pete Sandoval, drummer for the group Morbid Angel
- The Fabulous Wonder Twins, Entertainment Personalities
Fashion Designers and Models
Past and Current Political Figures
- Alfredo Cristiani, former president
- Álvaro Magaña, banker and interim president
- Ana Maria, guerrilla leader
- Anastasio Aquino King of the Nonualco tribes, who defeated the government army in 1833
- Antonio Saca, former president
- Armando Calderón Sol, former president
- Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova, defense minister, convicted of human rights abuses
- Cayetano Carpio, leader of the leftist insurgency, founder of the FPL.
- Domingo Monterrosa, was a military commander of the Armed Forces of El Salvador during the Salvadoran Civil War.
- Farabundo Martí, revolutionary
- Francisco Flores, former president
- Gerardo Barrios, liberal president
- Guillermo Ungo, opposition leader and former vice-president
- Joaquín Eufrasio Guzmán, national hero
- Joaquín Villalobos, noted guerrilla leader during Salvadoran civil war
- José Inocencio Alas, former priest and activist
- José Matías Delgado, national hero
- José Napoleón Duarte, former president
- Juan Rafael Bustillo former Head of the Salvadoran Air Force
- Manuel José Arce, was a decorated General and president of the Federal Republic of Central America from 1825 to 1829.
- Mauricio Funes, current President
- Maximiliano Hernández Martínez, dictator-president
- Roberto D'Aubuisson, politician, ARENA
- Rutilio Grande, martyred priest
- Arturo Alvarez, soccer player
- Edwin Figueroa, Mixed Martial Arts Fighter.
- Ivan Menjivar, Mixed Martial Arts Fighter.
- Jaime Alas, soccer player
- John Martinez, Soccer Player
- Jose Cortez, former NFL football player
- Léster Blanco, soccer player
- Mágico González, soccer player.
- Mauricio Cienfuegos, soccer player
- Raúl Díaz Arce, Soccer Player
- Ricardo Saprissa, athlete, coach, and sport promoter
- Rodolfo Zelaya, soccer player.
- Roger Huerta, Mixed martial arts Fighter.
- Ronnie Aguilar, Los Angeles Lakers Player
- Rosemary Casals, former tennis player and winner of multiple Grand Slams.
- Steve Purdy, soccer player
- Carlos Hernandez, boxer