Of Latin origin, this name combines the Spanish “santo” (saint) with the name Yago, the old Spanish form of James — so it literally means “Saint James.” Of course, it’s also the capital of Chile, so it’s a great way to pay tribute to Chilean roots. Or just to name your kid Santiago because it’s a cool name. Whatevs.
Santi, Tiago, or Iago if you’re into the evil parrot from Disney’s Aladdin.
Famous people named Santiago:
Architect Santiago Calatrava; Nobel Prize winner Santiago Ramón y Cajal.
Santiago was the “old man” in Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea.