US Popularity:216
Other Origin(s):Hebrew, Irish, Greek
Meaning:Saint Jacob; Supplanter; Successor, heir; God, divine
Diego is a boy's name of Spanish origin. The meaning and etymology of this name is uncertain, but one theory states that it derives from Tiago, an abbreviation of Santiago, meaning "Saint Jacob." Thanks to it's connections to the Hebrew name Jacob, it can also translate to "supplanter." To celebrate baby as the next in line in your family, Diego may also come from the Greek Diadochus, meaning "heir" or "successor." For an extra touch, Diego may also have links to the Old Irish name Dagdae, meaning "god" or "divine." Despite its unknown origins, Diego has long been a popular name among Spanish speakers and reached 225th place in the baby name charts in 2021. With many famous bearers, including actors Diego Boneta and Diego Luna, your little Diego will be in good company.

Famous People Named Diego

Wondering who else shares this name? Check out these well known people who made this baby name famous.
  • Diego Boneta
  • Diego Forlan
    Soccer Player
  • Diego Luna
  • Diego Rivera

Diego Name Popularity Data

The Bump Ranking

Overall:Diego is currently #1419 on The Bump
Boy:Diego is currently #398 on The Bump Boy Names

U.S. Births

Overall:Diego is currently #216 in U.S. births
Boy:Diego is currently #83 in U.S. births

Yearly Ranking Change:

in 2022
+ 9
from 2021
In comparison to the previous year's data
  • Behind the Name, Diego, December 2022

  • WordSense, Diego

  • Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources, Diego

  • Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources, Santiago

  • Online Etymology Dictionary, Jacob, March 2023

  • WordSense, Diadochi

  • WordSense, Dagdae

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