Most Spanish names are quite similar to the equivalent in English, such as:
- Juan → John
- Pedro → Peter
- Maria → Mary
But what's up with this one?
- Santiago → James
What's the connection? How do the twain meet?
Are there other unusual Spanish/English name combinations like this?
When I took Spanish in High School, the teacher gave us all Spanish names based on our "real" names; he couldn't think of one for me, neither for the name I go by (Clay) nor my first name (Benedict); he finally settled on "Benedito," but said that wasn't really a Spanish name, just the closest he could get.
Note: In German, too, James gets a rather unusual translation, namely (no pun intended) to "Jakobus" which seems a more likely match with Jacob. Anyway...