Dani Dyer names her baby son Santiago after ruling out naming him Daniel after her and her dad Danny


DANI Dyer has finally revealed the unusual name she has chosen for her baby boy.

The Love Island, 24, star welcomed her son with boyfriend Sammy Kimmence last week after a long labour.

Dani said last year that she wouldn’t be calling the baby Danny or Dani after her and her dad

And now they have finally revealed they have named their first born Santiago and will call him ‘Santi’ for short.

The unusual name is Spanish and means ‘Saint James’ – the patron saint of Spain.

The spirited name is also a city in Chile and is often used as a surname in Spain.

Dani revealed her son’s name while speaking on the latest instalment of the podcast she hosts with her EastEnders star dad, Danny Dyer.

Proud grandad Danny said: “So this episode is going to start a bit differently as we’ve got some massive news. It’s f***ing huge.

“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…”

Dani and Sammy welcomed their bundle of joy yesterday

Taking to the airwaves, Dani said: “I honestly can’t believe it, he’s finally here, our little boy. I never thought I’d meet him. I felt like it was going on and on.

“But me and Sammy are so in love with him. He’s just so perfect and the feeling is just incredible, I can’t put into words how it feels.

“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.”

Dani also defended the unusual moniker and said: “I know a lot of you are probably thinking ‘What?!’ but that is his name but we are going to be calling him Santi.

Danny wished his daughter congratulations on Instagram

“I think it sounds nice on the birth certificate.”

Posting a picture of her newborn to Instagram to announce her son’s birth last week, Dani told fans: “After a very long day and night finally 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..

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

Fans will be anxious to find out what the couple have called their son

Speaking on Love Island: What Happened Next last year, Dani revealed she had been bombarded with questions from fans asking what she and Sammy planned on calling the baby. 

She said: “Everyone has this thing that I’m gonna call the baby Danny. That is not going to happen.

“It’s like, ‘it’s such a Danny Dyer thing to then call her baby Danny Dyer’.”

The reality star had previously told fans that if the baby was a girl she wanted to call her Ariana. 

Dani’s dad Danny Dyer posted his own special message to social media

The little boy is Dani and Sammy’s first child together

In one Instagram Stories, an excited Dani replied to a fan: “Honestly the first thing I said is I’m calling it Ariana if it’s a girl!

“But can you imagine! I think everyone would be like,” before adding a face-palm Emoji icon.

She added: “Maybe the middle name?”

In response to another question, she again opened up on baby names as Danny Dyer’s daughter confessed: “Yes we have agreed on a boy’s name but can not agree on a girl’s name!

“I like really unusual names but Sammy won’t have it,” followed by a crying with laughter Emoji face.