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Santiago, (also San Iago, San Tiago, Santyago, Sant-Yago, San Thiago) is a Spanish name that derives from the Hebrew name Jacob (Ya'akov) via "Sant Iago", "Sant Yago", "Santo Iago", or "Santo Yago", first used to denote Saint James the Great, the brother of John the Apostle. It was also the tradition that Saint James (Santiago) had traveled to the Iberian Peninsula during his life and was buried there. The name is also complicated in Spanish in that Jaime and Jacobo are modern versions of James. Another variant is Diego, as in San Diego, as a doublet or variation.
Variants of Santiago include the surname Sandiego, and (after removing the "san" particle which means "Saint" in Spanish) Iago (a common Galician language name), Thiago or Tiago (a common Portuguese language name), Diego, and the less common Diago and Diogo. The common name James has many forms in Iberia, including Xacobo or Xacobe (in Galician) and Jaume, Xaume, and Dídac (in Catalan), and Jaime, Jacobo, and Diego (in Spanish). However, despite being a cognate, San Diego does not refer to the same Saint but to Saint Didacus.
San Diego is one of the Hispanicized forms of James, originating from the name Santiago. It is original name of Didacus of Alcalá. The name Didacus did not exist until Diego / Diago was "Latinized". For more information see Diego article.
Diego is a Spanish male name, derived from the Hebrew Yaʿqob (Jacob), the name of Saint James the Great, via Sant Yago, re-analysed as Santiago and San Diego. The assimilation of the final "T" of Sant into the name, a process called sandhi, has also occurred in "Telmo", the Spanish and Portuguese name for Elmo.
- The city of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain is dedicated to St. James the Great.
- Santiago de Cuba.
- Santiago de Chile.
- Santiago del Estero, Argentina.
- Santiago de los Caballeros, Guatemala.
- Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic.
- Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, former Nuevo Estadio Chamartín, current home stadium of Real Madrid. It is named after the famous president.
People named Santiago
- Santiago, a Quechan or Yuma chief in the early 1850s
- Santiago Amador, Colombian road cyclist
- Santiago Alfredo, Actor, Social Worker (CS MSW), Activist
- Santiago Bernabéu, former Real Madrid president
- Santiago Botero, Colombian cyclist
- Santiago Cabrera, Chilean actor
- Santiago Calatrava, Spanish architect
- Santi Cazorla, Spanish footballer
- Santi Freixa, Spanish field hockey player
- Santiago Iglesias, congressman from Puerto Rico
- Santiago de Liniers, French-born defender of Buenos Aires in 1806-1807 and later viceroy
- Santiago Lorenzo, Argentine decathlete
- Santiago de Murcia, Spanish baroque guitarist and composer
- Santiago Palavecino, Argentine boxer
- Santiago de la Parte, Spanish long-distance runner
- Santiago Phelan, Argentine rugby player and coach
- Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Spanish histologist and physician
- Santiago Rodriguez, pianist and professor from Cuba
- Santiago Solari, Argentine footballer
- Santiago Cruz, soccer player
- Santiago Joseph kho kho player from india
- Luis Santiago, president of Earth in Babylon 5
- Santiago Alfredo, hero and protagonist, Castro Enthusiast from movie "Which Way Por Favor"
- Santiago Ana, main heroine in the movie "Which Way Por Favor"
- Santiago Muñez, Mexican character in the Goal movie series
- Santiago Nasar, protagonist of Gabriel García Márquez's novel Chronicle of a Death Foretold
- Santiago Arnavisca, a character from the video game series Rainbow Six
- Santiago (The Vampire Chronicles), a character in Anne Rice's novel Interview with the Vampire
- Santiago, main character in Paulo Coelho's novel The Alchemist
- Santiago, main character in Ernest Hemingway's novel The Old Man and the Sea
- Santiago Rivera, a character from the educational computer game series The ClueFinders
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