What does Diego mean?
Diego \di(e)-go\ as a boys' name is pronounced dee-AY-go. It is of Spanish and Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Diego is "he who supplants". Variant of James. 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 (#7941 out of 150436, Top 5%). (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 (usage of 0.4745%) and is somewhat lower today (usage 0.3804%, down 19.8%), 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), and there is also a revival in birth name usage for Diego, Jacob and Santiago. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)