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Could it be the Spanish form of Jacob, as I saw on a site about surnames that Michael Jackson was translated as Miguel Diaz and Diaz is "son of Diego".
-- menke  8/2/2005
Diego is the Spanish form of David.
-- Lady_Raltz  8/9/2005
I thought it was the Spanish form of James. Saw on another site that it was James. Looking at the 'related names' section it makes more sense than David. Can seen where you are coming from though. I could be right, then again I could be wrong.
-- Anonymous User  10/31/2005
Diego is not Spanish for David. David in Spanish is simply David just pronounced DAA VEED instead of DAVE ID. Diego is from the name James.
-- Today1  8/18/2006
Diego Maradona, Argentina's world renowned soccer (football) player, is a famous bearer.
-- Anonymous User  11/26/2005
Diego Luna is a young actor, and San Diego is a city in California.
-- Anonymous User  3/6/2006
This name is not pronounced Dye-go, it is pronounced Dee-ay-go.
-- Anonymous User  9/11/2006
It's pronounced DYE-go! It's a Spanish name, and that's the way it's pronounced, not only in Spanish-speaking countries, but everywhere. Don't try to be smart about something you don't know or you've heard from some other (non-hispanic) Americans.
-- HellsAngel  12/3/2009
I love this name, with its Spanish pronunciation di-e-go. A now famous bearer is Diego, the sabertooth tiger from Ice Age.
-- Jeidy_mn  9/21/2006
I really like this name but ever since Nick Jr. started doing that "Dora the Explorer" spinoff called "Go Diego Go!" it has kind of annoyed me.
-- Anonymous User  10/23/2006
Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez (June 6, 1599 – August 6, 1660), commonly referred to as Diego Velázquez, was a Spanish painter, the leading artist in the court of King Philip IV. He was an individualistic artist of the contemporary baroque period, important as a portrait artist. His two visits to Italy while part of the Spanish court are well documented. In addition to numerous renditions of scenes of historical and cultural significance, he created scores of portraits of the Spanish royal family, other notable European figures, and commoners, culminating in the production of his masterpiece, Las Meninas (1656).

From the first quarter of the nineteenth century, Velázquez's artwork was a model for the realist and impressionist painters, in particular Édouard Manet. Since that time, more modern artists, including Spain's Pablo Picasso, Francisco Goya and Salvador Dalí, have paid tribute to Velázquez by recreating several of his most famous works.
-- sweetbabe  12/17/2006
Diego Rivera (December 8, 1886 – November 24, 1957), (full name Diego María de la Concepción Juan Nepomuceno Estanislao de la Rivera y Barrientos Acosta y Rodríguez) was a Mexican painter and muralist.

Diego is perhaps best known by the public world for his 1933 mural, "Man at the Crossroads," in the lobby of the RCA Building at Rockefeller Center. When his patron Nelson Rockefeller discovered that the mural included a portrait of Lenin and other communist imagery, he fired Rivera, and the unfinished work was eventually destroyed by Rockefeller staff people. The film Cradle Will Rock includes a dramatization of the controversy.
-- sweetbabe  12/17/2006
It's pronounced dee-AY-go.
-- earthnut  1/14/2007
Diego/Tiago/Diogo and such names are said to be the origin of "dago," the pejoritive word for Italians and other Mediterraneans. The story is that the English took many Portuguese men on board their ships, and many of the Portuguese were named Diego or Tiago, which just sounded like "dago" to English ears. So the English would refer to Portuguese men as dagos. The name apparently stuck for people who look similar.
-- Anonymous User  2/10/2007
The little boy on the kids show Go, Diego Go! has this name.
-- bibi66  7/6/2007
Didacus was named that AFTER his death and beatification. Didacus was never a name before a Latin name was invented for him. Didacus doesn't exist in any other Romance name.

Here is how the Latin name for St. James became Diego in Spanish or Tiago in Portuguese.
Sanctus Jacobus
Santo Iago (K-sound often became a G-sound)
THEN we lose the SAN because in modern Spanish the title Saint for males became San (see San Francisco, San Antonio)
Tiago (still a name in Portuguese)
Diego, Diego.

Please let's kill this Didacus myth.
-- arthurianlegend  7/24/2007
Reminds me of that show 'Go, Diego, Go!'. It also has a nice ring to it.
-- Anonymous User  8/6/2007
Diego (new Spanish) is from the name Tiago (old Spanish). The San from Santiago just means saint and Diego is the Spanish for James.
-- Anonymous User  11/8/2007
Even though the show title "Go, Diego, Go!" is extremely annoying, I really like this name. It's so masculine and strong. It's also one of those names that doesn't sound like its English version, and that's what makes a foreign name awesome.
-- Anonymous User  11/13/2007
This is my favorite Spanish name. It would be cool for a dog.
-- Anonymous User  4/28/2008
I love the name Diego, but I am not Hispanic, so it'd probably be odd if I named my son this. Perhaps a dog!
-- FMRadio  5/10/2008
Diego is pronounced: De-AY-go.
-- Black Irish  6/26/2008
Spanish: from the personal name Diego, which is of uncertain derivation. It was early taken to be a reduced form of Santiago, and is commonly taken by English speakers as being a form of James, but this is no more than folk etymology. It is found in the Middle Ages in the Latin forms Didacus and Didagus, which Meyer-Lübke derived from Greek didakhe ‘doctrine’, ‘teaching’, but in view of the fact that it is unknown outside the Iberian Peninsula it may possibly have a pre-Roman origin.
-- ce1estia1  6/28/2008
I like this name, but it makes me think of that annoying show, "Go, Diego, Go!".
-- bananarama  8/19/2008
The real name of Zorro is Diego de la Vega.
-- Kaat5  8/30/2008
I have only heard this pronounced de-AY-go.
-- Anonymous User  12/23/2008
Diego is also a fairly common name in Italy and is used regularly here. It's the name of my husband (born 1986), and currently ranks within the top 100.
-- Anonymous User  8/29/2009
Santiago, being obvious derivation to Diego, itself derives from Sant Jago. Jago then morphed to James in English. So though not necessarily stemming directly from James, the relationship is much stronger than your far flung Greek theory. Reminds me of the father in My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Please update. This is my son's name and I love it.
-- Anonymous User  10/3/2009
There are quite a few people with this name:
Diego Maradona, famous Argentinian football player (Hand of God anyone)
Diego Lugano, a Uruguayan football player, though not quite as famous as...
Diego Forlan, the FIFA World Cup Player of the FWC, another Uruguayan football player who currently plays for Atletico Madrid
And finally the sabre-toothed tiger in Ice Age.
-- madsta  8/18/2010
Love this name! Reminds me of a cute funloving boy! :)
-- adrenalinekat  6/15/2011
I think a lot of people here are misinterpreting the pronunciation guide ("DYE-go") as "DIE-go". It is only in the "Spanglish" of the USA that this name is pronounced dee-AY-go. DYE-go is not like dye/die (homophones) plus go. It is D then Y as a consonant, E which (when said with the correct accent) can sound similar to AY, and then "go." I like this name, it's cute. It will always be associated with Dora the Explorer's friend/brother/cousin or whatever he is, though.
-- Bazinga  1/7/2012
This is a common boys name in the United States.
-- Anonymous User  7/11/2012
Diego (1575-1582) was the son of King Philip II of Spain and his fourth wife Anna.
-- CarolinW  7/22/2012
This would make a really cool name, but unfortunately it reminds me of Dora the Explorer's cousin and arrogant footballer Maradona.
-- Buneary  10/21/2012
This is a really cool name, but please, only use it if you're of a Spanish background!
-- Anonymous User  2/23/2013
What does it take to correct an error on this site? For ten years people have been telling you that the pronunciation of Diego isn't DYE-go; it's a three-syllable name, Dee-AY-go. But you still have it wrong. Please correct it. Having this blatant an error on your site makes people wonder if anything here can be relied on.
-- MelanieN  5/28/2015
These pages show the Spanish pronunciation as [ˈdjeɣo], which is the same as what this site shows currently
-- Anonymous User  7/3/2015
Dee-AY-go is incorrect! That is how non Spanish speakers pronounce it. I am a Hispanic person that has grown up with plenty of Diegos, so I can confirm that the website has the correct two syllable pronunciation.
-- Anonymous User  7/23/2015
To English speakers, "dye" has the same pronunciation as "die." And the only Spanish word to have that "aye" sound is a meaningless expression of dismay. You may speak fast enough to slam two vowels into one syllable the way two cars in a head on collision slam together, but to us, two consecutive vowels that both make their own sound are considered separate syllables. Ergo, to speakers of enunciation-heavy languages like English, Diego is three syllables.
-- Atarah Derek  4/18/2016
Dee-ay-go. I've NEVER heard anyone pronounce it as "Die-go" including Spanish native people.

That right there hould be enough proof for you. Its Dee-ay-go. Simple as that.
-- Anonymous User  1/13/2016

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