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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 Jewel and Gemstone Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

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)