What does Diego mean?
Diego \di(e)-go\ as a boys' name is pronounced dee-AY-go. It is of Spanish origin. Variant of James (Hebrew) "he who supplants". The Mexican peasant to whom the Virgin of Guadalupe appeared was named Juan Diego. Painter Diego Rivera.
Diego▲ has 1 variant: Dago.
For more information, see also the related boy name Santiago.
Diego▲ has 27 more alternative forms via James: Diogo, Giacomo, Hamish, Iago, Jacob▲, Jacques▼, Jago, Jagu, Jaime▲, Jaimey, Jaimie, Jame, Jameson▲, Jamey▼, Jamie▼, Jamison▲, Jascha, Jayme, Jaymes, Jaymie, Jem, Jemmy, Jim▼, Jimbo, Jimmie▼, Jimmy▲ and Seamus.
Diego is a somewhat popular first name for men (#640 out of 1220, Top 52%) and an even more popular surname for both adults and children (#7545 out of 88799, Top 8%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the birth name popularity of Diego for boys. Diego entered the list in 1900-1909 and reached its top position of #56 in the U.S. in 2006, and is currently at #129. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of Diego and related names. Prominent variation forms of Diego (#129 a year ago) are Hamish, Jacob (#4 a year ago), Jacques, Jaime (#468), Jame, James (#9), Jameson (#159), Jamey, Jamie (#786), Jamison (#440), Jayme, Jim, Jimmie, Jimmy (#523), Santiago (#115) and Seamus (#900). Usage of these boy names reached its peak during the years 1970-1979 and is somewhat lower today, with the forms Jacques, Jamey, Jamie, Jim and Jimmie falling out of fashion. The more fashionable names for newborns among these are Diego (#129), Jacob (#4), Jameson (#159), Jamison (#440) and Santiago (#115), with Diego, Jacob and Santiago going through a revival in usage. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)