Dani Dyer’s baby name meaning explained with very sweet nod to mum Joanne Mas’ roots

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After giving birth to her baby boy on 23 January, Dani Dyer has finally announced the name of her first child as Santiago.

The Love Island star, who shared a look at her boy, revealed the special news on the latest episode of her podcast Sorted With The Dyers with dad Danny.

The actor began the episode by saying: "So this episode is going to start a bit differently as we've got some massive news. It's f****** huge.

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"Because… I’m a Granddad! Yeah, Granddad Danny is what I’m now known as. And Dani has sent a voice memo to update us, which I think is very, very lovely…"

Announcing the name, new mum Dani said: "I know you’re all probably wondering what we’ve called him. There’s been a lot of assumptions going on, some are actually really funny to be fair, but his name is Santiago."

"I know a lot of you are probably thinking “What?!” but that is his name but we are going to be calling him Santi."

Dani added that she thinks it’ll “sound nice on the birth certificate.”

So what’s the meaning behind the sweet name? Well, it seems the 24 year old has chosen the moniker for a very special reason.

The Love Island winner’s baby name of Santiago is of Spanish origin, and it translates to English as "Saint James".

And the name could well be a nod to Dani’s family, with her mum Joanne Mas being of Spanish heritage.


Dani’s grandfather, who she affectionately calls ‘Bruv’ and who appeared on Love Island, hails from Majorca.

Dani’s mum is evidently fond of her heritage and she had a Spanish-Cockney wedding when tying the knot with Danny Dyer, Dani’s famous dad.

Dani and partner Sammy Commence announced the birth of their baby boy with sweet pictures on Instagram.

She wrote: "After a very long day and night our special little boy arrived 23/01/2021.

"Weighing 7 pound.. We are in a complete baby bubble and enjoying every moment, can not believe he is ours, completely in love and so grateful to be his mummy.." Dani gushed.

"Sending all my love to all the other mommas to be out there in lockdown.. the best experience ever will never forget this day."

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