[ 4 syll. san-tia-go, sa-nti-ago ] The baby boy name Santiago is pronounced as SaeNTiy-YAAGow †. Santiago is a Spanish and English name of Spanish origin. The name is of the meaning Saint James. The name is from the combination of the Spanish element 'santo' with Iago, an obsolete Spanish form of James. The name has often been bestowed by Roman Catholics to invoke the protection of Saint James the Greater (-44), a disciple of Jesus and patron saint of Spain.
Santiago is a variant form of the English and Hebrew name James in the Spanish language.
Santiago has 17 variant forms that are used in English and other languages. Variant forms used in English include Santago, Santeago, Santego, Santiaco, Santigo, Santyago, and Tiago (used in French and Portuguese as well).
Foreign variant forms of Santiago include the Spanish Antiago, the Spanish Chago, the Spanish Chano, the Spanish Diego, the Portuguese Diogo, the Spanish Sandiago, the Spanish Sandiego, the Spanish Saniago, the Spanish Tago, and the Spanish Vego.
Santiago is popular as a baby name for boys, and it is also considered trendy. The name has been increasing in popularity since the 1900s. At the modest height of its usage in 2011, 0.152% of baby boys were given the name Santiago. Its ranking then was #131. In 2012, its usage was 0.151% and its ranking #122. Within the group of boy names directly linked to Santiago, James was the most widely used. In 2012, its use outnumbered Santiago's by 4 times.
† Pronunciation for Santiago: S as in "see (S.IY)" ; AE as in "at (AE.T)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; T as in "tee (T.IY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; Y as in "you (Y.UW)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; G as in "grin (G.R.IH.N)" ; OW as in "oak (OW.K)"