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Quick Facts on Santiago

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Spanish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 4
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 126
Simple meaning:
Saint James

Characteristics of Santiago

  • Freedom-loving
  • Adventurous
  • Adaptable
  • Intellectual
  • Easygoing
  • Progressive
  • Sensual

Etymology & Historical Origin - Santiago

Santiago is a classical Spanish boy’s name that is derived from James which, in turn, is the anglicized form of the Hebrew name for Jacob (Ya’akov). The historical etymology of the name Yaakov is derived from the Hebrew word “akev” which means ‘at the heel.’ The significance of this has to do with Jacob, the twin brother of Esau, who was born second (and so he came out of his mother womb “at Esau’s heel”). As the story in the Bible progresses, Jacob’s name becomes tied with the meaning ‘supplanter’ since he displaced Esau from his rightful heritage as first-born by tricking him out of his father’s blessing. The Greek form of the name Jacob (Iakobos) was given to the Latin (Iacomus) which eventually turned into Iago and/or Yago in Spanish. “Sant Iago” or “Sant Yago” was first used for St. James (brother of John the Apostle and one of Christ’s disciples) who is said to have travelled to Spain during his lifetime and was possibly buried there. Santiago has since become the patron saint of Spain and the name is highly popular among Spanish-speaking countries, particularly in South America. The etymologies of the Spanish forms of the “James” name can be complicated. Jaime is the more modern version of James, and Diego is another mutation that followed the same language path as Santiago. But essentially, Jaime, Diego and Santiago are all Spanish forms of the name James, all of which are ultimately derived from the Hebrew Jacob.

Popularity of the Name Santiago

The name Santiago has been on the U.S. popularity charts for as long as the government began tracking naming trends at the end of the 19th century. The name has obviously been influenced by the Spanish-speaking population within America, as well as those of Hispanic descent. The name has never really achieved any significant heights on the popularity graphs. In fact, most of its heaviest usage is taking place today. Since 1997, the name Santiago has climbed an impressive 375 positions on the list of most-favored boy’s names getting closer to a spot on the Top 100. This is likely fueled by the growing Hispanic population within the United States. Santiago is a four-syllable name and since it’s derived from a romance language, it has a beautiful lyrical quality to it. The name is loaded with Spanish zest and style it could be just a matter of time before non-Hispanic Americans take hold of it.
Popularity of the Boy Name Santiago
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Santiago

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Santiago

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Santiago

    Santiago (The Alchemist) Santiago is the Andalusia shepherd boy in Paolo Coelho’s hugely popular novel, The Alchemist, published in 1988. He dreams of a great treasure awaiting him in Egypt and embarks upon a metaphorical life journey to find it, encountering fantastical people and experiences along the way. The journey is one of growth in all ways, as Santiago learns of the nature of the world, the mystical unity that exists in the elements of life, and his own place in the vastness of it all. Inspiring and uplifting, the book is a major proponent of its own specific philosophy: “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

    Santiago (The Old Man and the Sea) Santiago is the old fisherman of Ernest Hemmingway’s 1952 novel, The Old Man and the Sea, which was also made into a major film. The framework of the book is the old man’s battle with the great marlin, which takes place over three grueling days on the Gulf Coast. Santiago is aging and losing his knack at sea; his apprentice, Manolin, has gone to another fisherman. This is the epic last act, the final push to succeed, to master one’s environment, to return triumphant from the wars. Indeed, that is just what Santiago does, at great personal price, and it is probably his curtain call. Man and nature, man as an enduring survivor, grace under pressure – all are themes that underlie the story, but in the final analysis, Santiago is a good man and one to be emulated for his determination and forbearance.

    Santiago Nasar (Chronicle of a Death Foretold) Santiago is the unfortunate protagonist of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ novella, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, published in 1981. His is the death foretold, at the hands of the avenging brothers of a spurned bride who has accused him of taking her virginity. Told in non-linear fashion from multiple points of view, the story unfolds as a parable of love, honor, betrayal and the often minimizing power of religion on our daily lives. While the villagers rush to the shore with gifts to greet the arrival of the Bishop, the brothers go about their murderous plans…at the end Santiago is killed without really understanding why, and the Bishop has passed by with no more than a blessing proffered from aboard ship. Santiago’s murder has usurped the Bishop’s visit, and no one is the better or worse for either.

  • Popular Songs on Santiago

    Popular Songs on Santiago

    La Cruz De Santiago - a song by Mago De Oz

    The Big Santiago Bust - a song by the Gourds

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Santiago

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Santiago

    Road to Santiago (D. H. Figueredo) - Alfredito loves visiting his grandmother in Santiago, Cuba on Noche Buena (Christmas Eve), but when he and his parents arrive at the train station in Havana, they discover that civil war has broken out and rebels have blown up the train tracks. Undeterred, Papi finds a farmer to drive them to the next town where they catch a bus; along the way, strangers show them many kindnesses. When they finally make it to Abuela's house, the extended family puts off dinner until after la misa del gallo (midnight mass) because they have so much to be thankful for. Recommended for ages 5-9.

    Santiago y Los Dobraks (Rosana Curiel Defossé) - Santiago has a complicated task: he must define in his own words what is justice and what is generosity. He tries with all his efforts, but nothing happens. In order to fulfill his task, Santiago undertakes a trip to the World of the Dobraks; charming creatures that will help him understand the meaning of these words. Along with being able to complete his task, Santiago will learn a very important lesson. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Santiago

    Famous People Named Santiago

    Famous People Named Santiago - Santiago Cabrera (actor)

  • Children of Famous People Named Santiago

    Children of Famous People Named Santiago

    Famous People who Named their Son Santiago - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Santiago.

Personality of the Boy Name Santiago

The number Five personality loves the excitement of life and can easily adapt to all situations. As natural adventurers, these personalities thrive on the new and unexpected and prefer to be in constant motion. It makes them feel alive. They'll stir up some action if there's not enough around, and as inherent risk-takers they enjoy pushing the envelope. Naturally rebellious, the Five personality has no fear and never resists change.  Traveling and new experiences feed their souls. Fives are very social and attract friends with ease. People love to be around the Five fun-loving and exciting energy.  This is also a lucky number in numerology (like the Threes), so fortune seems to shine on them, helped along by their own optimism and good-nature. Fives have a quick wit, a cerebral mind, and are generally very persuasive. 

Variations of the Baby Name - Santiago

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