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Gender: Female Pronunciation: Ez-meh-RAHL-dah; Izh-muh-RAHL-dah (Portuguese) Meaning of Esmeralda: "emerald" Origin of Esmeralda: Spanish and Portuguese Esmeralda's Popularity in 2017: #380

The name Esmeralda is a girl's name of Spanish, Portuguese origin meaning "emerald". Esmeralda is ranked #380 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Unique Baby Names: Unusual and Rare and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

From the experts:

This Portuguese and Spanish version of the jewel-like Emerald has long been popular with Hispanic parents.

In the 1831 Victor Hugo novel Notre-Dame de Paris, aka The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, the Gypsy heroine was born Agnes, but called La Esmeralda in reference to the jewel she wears around her neck. The name Esmeralda got increased visibility via the Disney version of the story.

Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling named their first daughter Esmeralda, inspired by the Victor Hugo novel.

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Famous People Named Esmeralda

(María) Esmeralda Pimentel, Mexican actress
Esmeralda "Es" Devlin, British costume designer
Esmeralda Santiago, Puerto Rican novelist and actress
Esmeralda Labye, Belgian TV journalist
Esmeralda de Jesus Freitas Garcia, Brazilian track athlete
Esmeralda Alejandrina Yaniche, Venezuelan beauty queen
Esmeralda Amada Gosling, daughter of Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes

Pop Culture References for the name Esmeralda

Esmeralda, character in book/film "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"
Esmeralda, Frank's young cousin in "The Wasp Factory," by Iain Banks
Esmeralda, character on TV's "Bewitched"
Esmeralda (Took) Brandybuck, hobbit mentioned in "The Lord of the Rings" series
Esmeralda Hallow, older sister of Ethel and Sybil on BBC's "The Worst Witch"

Esmeralda's International Variations

Ismeralda (Spanish)

Comments

splatsquillion Says:

2019-02-03T07:56:29

Esmeralda Devlin is an artist and stage designer, not a costume designer.

Cherilyn Says:

2016-12-24T01:18:46

don't like it either, rather use Emerald

Netta5187 Says:

2016-04-09T00:45:43

I like essie more than Esme.

Netta5187 Says:

2016-04-09T00:42:41

I love this name! Plus, Emerald is my birthstone and Esmeralda is my favorite Disney character.

Lola Says:

2015-11-11T17:56:07

This is a lovely name but I think I would go with the more down home and simpler Esme....
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Eri Zap Says:

2015-08-24T00:55:15

This was my grandmother's name. She was a sweet, generous, loyal woman with a heart of gold; a saint in the flesh.

esita Says:

2015-07-23T12:03:17

My name - in case anyone is interested, in Portuguese this is pronounced Izh-meh-RAHL-da (which I love best of all the way my name is said - this is how my family says it)

Jinxgirl Says:

2015-06-18T17:41:35

I like this name, it's pretty, unusual, and strong. I know an Esmeralda. But it does make me think of the gypsy.

esita Says:

2015-06-08T04:30:30

This is my name. I love it. I always get compliments on my name. It was a family name, but I'd like it even without the family ties. :)

headintheclouds Says:

2015-04-23T04:47:07

Esmeralda is so lush and romantic, with a strong impact and dramatic flair. My first association is definitely of The Hunchback of Notre Dame character. I personally prefer Esme, which I would use as a nickname for Esmeralda anyway, but I would LOVE to meet an Esmeralda in real life!

amani ahmad Says:

2015-03-30T12:58:35

I agree.

amani ahmad Says:

2015-03-30T03:41:52

I LOVE IT!!!
This, along with Picasso (for a girl) and Wonder, is my fave!!

banomi Says:

2015-02-28T09:24:16

I like Essie for a nickname.

indiefendi2 Says:

2015-01-24T02:44:05

I would just use Emerald. Esmeralda is too fanciful for me, and not in a good way.

MarieLalie Says:

2015-01-20T17:31:08

This was, probably, one of my first name crushes. I can't believe how underused it is. It's gorgeous!

DearestJules Says:

2014-10-16T05:04:23

Esme is a cute nn.

tori101 Says:

2014-06-22T15:11:46

A lovely name that should be used across the board. So lovely!!

Theodora_Phoenix Says:

2014-06-16T21:52:42

I am probably the only person who does not like this name at all. Every body else loves it, but it's just not my style.

LadyVanRaven Says:

2014-05-28T04:33:25

Wish I saw this being used more often. It definitely is a beautiful name.

JenniMiranda1984 Says:

2014-03-08T20:46:33

Such a beautiful name I love it!