[ 3 syll. die-go, di-ego ] The baby boy name Diego is pronounced as Diy-EY-Gow †. Diego has its origins in the Old Greek, Hebrew, and Spanish languages, and it is used largely in Spanish and Italian. Old Greek origin, Spanish use: The name is of disputed origin; it is most likely to be from Didacus (Latin) or Didagus (Latin) and ultimately the Greek didakhe, or else it could be Latinized from a lost Iberian personal name. Sometimes, it is taken to derive from Santiago. Saint Didacus of Alcalá was a 15th-century brother of the Order of Friars Minor.
In addition, Diego is a variation (Spanish) of Jacob (Dutch, English, German, and Scandinavian).
Diego is also a variation (Italian and Spanish) of James (English and Hebrew).
Diego is also a variation (Spanish) of Santiago (Spanish and English).
The origin and meaning of Diego is inherited by all variant forms.
See also the related form, Tiago (Portuguese, Spanish, English, and French).
Diego is popular as a baby name for boys. The name's popularity increased from the 1960s up to the 2000s. Its usage peaked modestly in 2006 with 0.384% of baby boys being named Diego. It ranked at #56 then. The baby name has since slipped in popularity. In 2016, it ranked at #129 with a usage of 0.159%. Among the group of boy names directly related to Diego, James was the most popular. It was used 5 times more than Diego in 2016.
† English pronunciation for Diego: D as in "day (D.EY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; EY as in "ate (EY.T)" ; G as in "grin (G.R.IH.N)" ; OW as in "oak (OW.K)"
Details of famous persons named Diego:
Artist Diego Rivera, born José Diego Rivera Barrientos, 8 December 1886 - 24 November 1957, Guanajuato, Mexico.
Soccer Player Diego Maradona, born 30 October 1960, Villa Fiorito, Argentina.