Esmeralda Name Meaning & Origin

Esmeralda

Pronunciation: ehz-mə-RAHL-də (key)

Origin of the name Esmeralda:

A borrowing of the Spanish name Esmeralda, which is taken from the word meaning "emerald." Esmeralda was the name of the Gypsy girl loved by the hunchback Quasimodo in Victor Hugo's novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1831).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Esme, Emerald

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Comments and insights on the name Esmeralda: | Edit

I have something of a soft spot for this name. It'd definitely be a cute name for a May baby. I like the literary connection and that it's a fun take on a gemstone name. I definitely like it more than Esme. That said, I think it's a little too much of a name - maybe it's too long, maybe it's too exotic. Unless you're from a Spanish speaking family, it would be a hard name to use, at least in the states. I guess I'd call it a guilty pleasure name.

Personal experiences with the name Esmeralda: | Edit

My name - I love it!

Nicknames for Esmeralda: | Edit

•Es / Ez
•Esita
•Essy / Essie
•Esme
*Emmy

Meanings and history of the name Esmeralda: | Edit

From Spanish and Portuguese, meaning "emerald". The French forms are Eméraude and Esméralda.

Famous real-life people named Esmeralda: | Edit

Esmeralda García, Brazilian track and field athlete
Esmeralda Kapiolani Marignoli, Hawaiian-Italian noblewoman
Esmeralda Pimentel, Mexican actress

Esmeralda in song, story & screen: | Edit

Esmeralda, a main character in Victor Hugo's 1831 novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame as well as the character from the Disney film version
Esmeralda is a character in the TV series Bewitched
Esmeralda, a character from the video game Fur Fighters
Santa Esmeralda, a 1970s musical group best known for Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
Esmeralda, a 1905 film based on Hugo's novel.
Esmeralda, 1847 opera by Dargomyzhsky, also based on Hugo's novel.
Esmeralda, a 1905 film based on the same novel.
Esmeralda, 1883 English opera by Arthur Goring Thomas based on the same novel.
Esmeralda, 1847 opera by Dargomyzhsky, based on the same novel.
La Esmeralda, an 1844 ballet.
At least three telenovelas have been named Esmeralda: from Venezuela, Mexico and Brazil.
Esmeralda, poem by Nikos Kavvadias.

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