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What does Iago mean?

Iago Pronunciation of Iago [ia-go] as a boys' name is of Spanish, Welsh and Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Iago is "he who supplants". Variant of James. Santiago, the Spanish name for Saint James, was given to several geographical places in South America and the capital city of Chile. Literary: name of the villain in Shakespeare's "Othello".

Associated with: supplants (victory), saint, literary.


Iago has 2 variants: Jago and Yago.

Related boy names: Jacob and Yaakov.

5 more relations via James, Santiago: Diego, Diogo, Jacob, Jagu and Jame.

Creative forms:
(male) Ioago, Irago, ..

(female) Iaka, Iane, ..

Middle name pairings:
Iago Amos (I.A.), ..

How popular is Iago?

Iago is an unusual given name for men. Iago is an unusual surname too for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Jacob (#4 a year ago), James (#7), Diego (#124), Santiago (#127), Yaakov (#1017), Jame and Diogo are the prominent alternative forms of Iago (unlisted). These forms of Iago reached the apex of their popularity 8 decades ago (usage of 5.4%) and are now significantly less common (usage 2%, down 63.7%). James has been the most prominent, though Jacob is currently more frequently used, while James is now less common. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Santiago, Yaakov in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Iago is pronounced similarly to Iggie and Ugo. Other suggested similar names are Dago, Drago, Fargo, Hugo, Iain, Iakob, Iakov, Ian, Iddo, Ido, Igor, Ing, Inge, Ingo, Inigo, Italo, Ivano, Ivo, Iwo, Largo and Togo. These names tend to be more frequently used than Iago.

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