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What does Diego mean?

Diego /die-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.

Associated with: supplants (victory), peasant (farmer), virgin (pure)


Diego has 1 variant: Dago.

Affiliated boy name: Santiago.

Diego has 4 more alternative forms via James: Diogo, Iago, Jago and Jimbo.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Diegod, Digo, ..

(female) Dieca, Diero, ..

How popular is Diego?

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Presented below is the birth name statistics of Diego for boys. Diego reached its top position of #56 in the U.S. in 2006, and is currently at #129. (Top Baby Names, 2014)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Diego name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Diego outside U.S.

Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of Diego and related names. Prominent variation forms of Diego (#129 via latest list) are Diogo, James (#9 via latest list) and Santiago (#115). Other forms, like Iago, are uncommon. Usage of these relations of Diego reached its peak 7 decades ago (median #1024) and is now significantly reduced (#563, 80% less usage). James has been the most recognizable form, though Santiago has gained in usage over time, while James is now less popular.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Diego, Diogo, James, Santiago in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of James outside U.S.

Similar Names


Recommended names are Bingo, Daeg, Dingo, Dino, Drago, Ringo and Viggo. These names tend to be less commonly used than Diego.