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Meaning and name origin

Diego \di(e)-go\ as a boy's 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 form: Dago.

For more information, see also the related boy name Santiago.


Diego is a somewhat popular first name for males (#640 out of 1220, Top 52%) and an even more popular surname or last name for all people (#7545 out of 88799, Top 8%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Diego for boys. Diego reached its highest rank of #56 in the U.S. in 2006. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Diego name in U.S.

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Diego and its variant form. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are James (#9), Santiago (#115) and Diego (#129). (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Diego, James, Santiago in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Diego is also pronounced similarly to Diogo. Other suggested similar baby names are Daeg and Dingo. These names tend to be less commonly used than Diego.