[ 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).
Variations of Diego include Dago, Deago, Diago, Diaz, Didaco (Italian), Diogo (Galician and Portuguese), Dídac (Catalan), and Dyego. 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 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.