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Old January 07, 2015, 01:54 PM
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"San" is the norm, but the exceptions are for specific names. According to the RAE, these exceptions are: Domingo, Tomás, Toribio and Tomé (like the African Country).

So it's said:

- Santa Marta, Santa Catalina, Santa Rosa...
- San Martín, San Felipe, San Homobono...
- Santo Domingo, Santo Tomás, Santo Toribio y Santo Tomé y Príncipe.

Santiago is one that causes confusion too, because people can say "Santiago" without "San", "San Santiago" or even "Santo Santiago". I think the correct form for this one is "San Santiago", but I can't be sure.
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