[ 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).
Tiago (Portuguese, Spanish, English, and French).
Diego is popular as a baby name for boys. The name's popularity has been growing since the 1960s. Its usage peaked modestly in 2006 with 0.384% of baby boys being named Diego. It ranked at #56 then. In 2012, it ranked at #110 with a usage of 0.165%, and it was the 3rd most popular after Jacob and James, among all boy names in its group. Jacob was used 6 times more than Diego in 2012.
† 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.