Don’t like it, it’s so associated with “Go Diego Go” literally Dora’s cousin.
This is a great name that I can imagine for an inspiring, super adventurous and slightly rebellious boy and it ages very well too. My husband is half Spanish so I feel like we could use it, it's very fun to say and I love how strong it feels.
There are so many anglicized pronunciation comments in this thread - it’s a wonder you all don’t pronounce “bread” as “b-read”.It is pronounced dyeh-goh, two syllables, the IE is a diphthong, and the D letter is a forming shape not an outright Dee sound.
All you native English speakers are wrong for trying to say this romantic language name in masticated germanic English. The IE diphthong is a YEH sound not an A sound. IE does not yield an A sound - should be pretty obvious but, alas, ignorance and cultural limitations abound.Source: bilingual of Spanish decent with 5 generations of Diego in my lineage.
This is a nice name!
This is the Spanish form of James.
I don't like it, even with the association with Go Diego Go.
It's a lovely and handsome name! I really prefer this over Santiago!
I once had a close friend who’s name was Diego. He helped me a lot when he used to tutor me in school since he was an upperclassman to me, and a great friend. We ended up having a falling out though that was bad. Still, I don’t put a stigma on the name because of it. Even to this day I think Diego is an awesome name to have. :)
It is hard to sustain the suggestion that Diego is a variant of Iago when you realise that there was a Diego in the middle 900s.
However, regarding Diego and Didacus (the Latinised version) it is hard to say which came first - and hence just what Diego might mean. [It is highly unlikely that a poor man would give his son the name Didacus...] So the simple and unqualified assertion that Diego comes from Iago on the "front" page here is unhelpful.
Diego Silang was a Filipino revolutionary leader who allied with British forces to overthrow Spanish rule in the northern Philippines and establish an independent Ilocano state.
This is my younger brother's first name. He typically, funnily enough, goes by the first letter of his name which is 'D'. I like the name though and the family history it carries. :)
As far as I am concerned, Diego is a good name to have on any man that can live up to its proud history. It is certainly not a name for a dog and is just right for a human being.
Suitable for dog or sabre-toothed cat, but not for a person.
Could also be an English name because it’s used in the United States.
I'm Mexican, but I love this name for Diego Brando from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, a blonde British character. I used to think of it as a stereotypically Hispanic name, but I think it can fit just about anyone.
If I had to change my name, this would definitely be my pick.
Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar was commissioned as the first colonial governor of Governorate of Cuba.
Diego Costa is a Brazilian born soccer player who has played for Chelsea.
I think this is a pretty neat name. This is mainly due to the character "Diego Brando" from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. Additionally, I think many Spanish names are quite pleasing to the ear, as well as many Italian names.
Deep inside the jungle where nature's running wild
Coming to the rescue is a very special child
Talking to the animals and swinging from a vine
This rough and tough adventurer is working all the time
Usage: Spanish, English (Modern), Italian, CatalanPronounced: DYEH-gho (Spanish), dee-AY-go (English)Meaning: Possibly a shortened form of SANTIAGO. According to medieval records, Diego was Latinized as Didacus, and it has been suggested that it in fact derives from Greek διδαχη (didache) "teaching". St. Didacus (or Diego) was a 15th-century Franciscan brother based in Alcalá, Spain. Other famous bearers of this name include Spanish painter Diego Velazquez (1599-1660), Mexican muralist Diego Rivera (1886-1957), Mexican actor Diego Luna (1979-pres.), and Argentine soccer player Diego Maradona (1960-pres.).
My name is Tessa, my last name is Diego. I’m unsure of the origin of my name specifically. I have done 23andme and it says I am both Italian and Spanish so I’m not sure which of the several names mine derived from. Everyone thinks I have a “hot” name, my first and last paired together lol. Some people refuse to believe I’m either Italian or Hispanic because of my green eyes and bleached blonde hair. I have olive medium skin so idk. Some people assume I’m Mexican which is funny because I’ve met Diego’s and none are Mexican lol.
Diego Armando, a character in the video game Ace Attorney and the true identity of Godot.
I think Diego has a nice ring to it as it reminds me of one of my favorite cities in the USA, San Diego. The name alone has a quintessential charm that brings this Spanish classic to the forefront of names that I may use for any future child.
In 2018, 4 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Diego who is registered male with the Social Security Administration. It is the 623rd most common male first name for living U.S. citizens.
Aw, I love this name! I've never heard of anyone called Diego where I live (Australia) so I think it would be pretty uncommon. It sounds a bit feisty in a good way.
Sorry, I can only think of Go, Diego, Go! Lol.
Diego came from Diego Dino short- it has been my Name for 47 years. Everyone can guess it's Italian and Greek no relation to Santiago, no my great great great grandfather is Diego Greek but born in Italy. Stop guessing this name it is 100's and 100's of years old up until now everyone gives it to new babies and young kids. Please, it's a blessing name of real Italian families and some Americans mom that note the powers of that name. If you like it name your kid it, white to black it don't matter or Mexican, it's a name.
Hello my name is Diego Cletis Ralph Cavazos. I'm Italian American and the reason I was named Diego was because my mom in 1971 in California, where I was born, wanted to keep my Italian roots. My great grandfather was a sailor from Spain where his parents migrated from Italy- Jose Nesiso Cabbos my last name got changed to cover the thefts of the land king ranch in south Texas where it was a a gift to my great grandfather from Spain. That king stole and forged the buying of the land signing as Cavazos the English way of saying it. But again Diego because I'm Italian that's why my mom came with that name in 1971 I was the first in Texas and the USA to have that name. I'm 47 today, my son Diego jr is 14, wondering where it's from, Italy and Greek after old gods. Go deeper, Santiago has nothing to do with the name Diego nor did it come from there.
I like this name but is too common where I live. I don't like too out there names but not too common either.
Diego is one of the three main protagonists of the Ice Age series. He is a saber tooth tiger who is Manny and Sid's best friend and one of Peaches' adoptive uncles.
It is NOT pronounced Dye-go I was born in Spain and have this name. I don't care what other people think but it is NOT pronounced Dye-go. The name Diego is pronounced Dee-ay-go as well as being pronounced the same way in Spanish and English just with slightly different accents but it is NOT pronounced Dye-go.
Diego Alessi is an Italian race car driver. He competed in the Italian Touring Car Championship from 1996–1999 and 2001–2002, then moved to the Trofeo Maserati Europe as well as making 3 starts in FIA GT for Autorlando Porsche.
Diego de Vargas Zapata y Luján Ponce de León y Contreras commonly known as Don Diego de Vargas, was a Spanish Governor of the New Spain territory of Santa Fe de Nuevo México, to the US states of New Mexico and Arizona, titular 1690–1695, effective 1692–1696 and 1703–1704. He is most famous for leading the reconquest of the territory in 1692 following the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. This reconquest is commemorated annually during the Fiestas de Santa Fe in the city of Santa Fe.
Diego Klattenhoff is a Canadian actor best known for playing Mike Faber in the Showtime series Homeland. He has also appeared as Derek in Whistler and Ivan in Men in Trees, and currently stars as FBI Agent Donald Ressler in The Blacklist.
Diego Seguí is a Cuban former Major League Baseball pitcher. Listed at 6' 0" (1.83 m), 190 lb. (86 k), Seguí batted and threw right handed. He was born in Holguín, Cuba. His son, David Seguí, is a former major league first baseman.A forkball specialist, Seguí pitched for the Kansas City Athletics, Washington Senators, Oakland Athletics, Seattle Pilots, St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Red Sox and Seattle Mariners in all or part of 16 seasons spanning 1962–1977.
Well! I'm a linguist, and I was going to comment on how the pronunciation respelling "DYE-go" is confusing and misleading because of the English word "dye", but I see I'm hardly the first to do so. However, I can offer a constructive suggestion. Change it to D. YE-go, and add in the Key that the period is sometimes used to prevent confusion with an irrelevant English word. That would probably also be useful elsewhere.(I was going to suggest an apostrophe, but as soon as I typed it — D'YE-go — my inner voice said in a Scottish accent "D'ye go", as in "D'ye go there often, mon?" No, that wouldn't do either.)
Diego Felipe Bertie Brignardello is a contemporary Peruvian actor of British and Italian descent. He studied at Markham College in Lima, Peru. He was also a singer in the mid eighties and had a pop group called Imagenes.
Diego Anibal Santa Cruz Cantero is a Paraguayan former professional footballer who played as a midfielder. In 2000, Santa Cruz played for Cerro Corá scoring 3 league goals. In September 2003, Santa Cruz scored for Cerro Corá in a 1–0 home victory against Universal Encarnación in Paraguay's Division Intermedia.
Diego da Silva Costa, is a professional footballer who plays as a striker for English club Chelsea and the Spain national team. He has been described by pundits as a talented striker whose main attributes are his physicality, goalscoring and ability to keep possession. Costa has been criticised and punished for several confrontations with opponents.
Diego Hernán Valeri is an Argentine footballer who plays for American club, Portland Timbers as a playmaking midfielder. Valeri had won MLS Newcomer of the year award in 2013 in his first season with Portland and has won the both the 2015 Conference Finals and MLS Cup.
Diego Colon was brother of Cristobal Colon and travelled with him.
Diego el Cigala is a famous flamenco singer from Spain.
Diego Rivera famous Mexican painter
Fiction: Don Diego de la Vega (Zorro) - Diego Alatriste y Tenorio (capitan Alatriste).
This was my Spanish name in Spanish class. Also, I'm from San Diego, sadly.. lol.
Even though I'm a cracka and this is a Spanish name I love it. Basically naming your son Diego is a guarantee that he will grow up to be very good looking, great with the ladies and he will get more ass than a toilet seat! It should only be used for Spanish boys though; no white boys named Diego. That's just wrong and you know it is folks.
I don't think you have to be Hispanic/Latin/Spanish to use the name Diego. I think a name is a name. If you like it then use it. My husband is Filipino with Spaniard descent and I'm black, white and Caribbean (Puerto Rican, Haitan, Cuban) so yeah, if this name was just for people with Spanish/Latin/Hispanic roots, we can use it. I think this name looks handsome on any race. I don't think the show, "Go, Diego, Go" is a bad association or annoying. I have watched it while babysitting and I think it's a good show for little kids. I think a little boy with this name who watches this show would think it is so cool to be named the same name as Diego and how cute would it be to give your son, Diego, a "Go, Diego, Go" birthday party. I guess that's just me :D.
I believe that Diego is not related to Santiago, the Spanish form for James. I think it's a different name derived from the Latin "Didacus" that means "educated". That's my opinion.
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.
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.
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.
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.
These pages show the Spanish pronunciation as [ˈdjeɣo], which is the same as what this site shows currently
This is a really cool name, but please, only use it if you're of a Spanish background!
This would make a really cool name, but unfortunately it reminds me of Dora the Explorer's cousin and arrogant footballer Maradona.
Diego (1575-1582) was the son of King Philip II of Spain and his fourth wife Anna.
This is a common boys name in the United States.
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.
Love this name! Reminds me of a cute funloving boy! :)
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.
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.
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.
I have only heard this pronounced de-AY-go.
The real name of Zorro is Diego de la Vega.
I like this name, but it makes me think of that annoying show, "Go, Diego, Go!".
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.
Diego is pronounced: De-AY-go.
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!
This is my favorite Spanish name. It would be cool for a dog.
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.
Diego (new Spanish) is from the name Tiago (old Spanish). The San from Santiago just means saint and Diego is the Spanish for James.
Reminds me of that show 'Go, Diego, Go!'. It also has a nice ring to it.
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.
The little boy on the kids show Go, Diego Go! has this name.
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.
It's pronounced dee-AY-go.
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.
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.
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.
I love this name, with its Spanish pronunciation di-e-go. A now famous bearer is Diego, the sabertooth tiger from Ice Age.
This name is not pronounced Dye-go, it is pronounced Dee-ay-go.
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.
Diego Luna is a young actor, and San Diego is a city in California.
Diego Maradona, Argentina's world renowned soccer (football) player, is a famous bearer.
Diego is the Spanish form of David.
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.
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.
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".

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