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.
Diego▲ has 1 variant: Dago.
Affiliated boy name: Santiago.more]
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)
Presented below is the birth name statistics 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 Baby Names, 2014)
Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of Diego and related names. Prominent variation forms of Diego (#129 via latest list) are James (#9 via latest list) and Santiago (#115). Other forms, like Jimbo, are uncommon. Adoption of these relations of Diego reached its peak in the year 2009 (median #74) and is almost as conventional today (#84, 1% less). James has been the most recognizable form, though Santiago has gained in usage over time.
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