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What does Esmeralda mean?

Esmeralda Pronunciation of Esmeralda [es-mer-al-da] as a girls' name is pronounced ez-mer-AHL-dah. It is of Spanish origin, and the meaning of Esmeralda is "emerald". From the word esmeralda for the prized green gemstone. This jewel name was first used in the 1880s and is more common than Emerald. The name was made famous in 1831 as the name of the gypsy girl loved by Quasimodo in Victor Hugo's novel "The Hunchback of Notre Dame".

Associated with: green, novel (literary).


Esmeralda has 21 variants: Em, Emerald, Emerant, Emeraude, Emmie, Esma, Esmaralda, Esmarelda, Esmaria, Esmee, Esmerelda, Esmie, Esmiralda, Esmiralde, Esmirelda, Ezmeralda, Ezzie, Lala, Lolly, Marilda and Smeralda.

Affiliated girl names: Esme and Meralda.

3 more related forms via Emerald: Emeralda, Emeraldina and Emmarald.

Creative forms:


Middle name pairings:
Esmeralda Marisol (E.M.), ..

How popular is Esmeralda?

Esmeralda is a very popular first name for females (#779 out of 4276, Top 18%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#67725 out of 150436, Top 45%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Esmeralda was first listed in 1940-1949 and reached its highest position of #133 in the U.S. in 1998, and is at #369 currently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Esmeralda name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Esmeralda outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Emerald (#1256 from current records), Emmie (#1074), Esma, Esme (#682) and Lala are the popular related forms of Esmeralda (#369 from current records). Usage of these forms of Esmeralda reached its peak in 1998 (average #1490) and is somewhat lower today (#1230, 49%), with the form Esmeralda becoming less fashionable. Esme is the most trendy girl name among these.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Esmeralda, Emerald, Emmie, Esma, Esme, Lala in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Esme outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Amelda, Averilda (see Averil), Eldorada (see Eldora), Elmera, Elmeria, Elmerya (see Elmira), Emalia, Emelda, Emelea, Emelia, Emera, Esperance, Esperantia, Esperanza, Estefania, Estela, Estella, Estera, Estrella, Ethelda, Everhilda (see Averil), Everilda, Geralda, Gerarda, Giralda, Haralda, Himalda (see Imelda), Imalda, Imelda, Meranda, Romalda, Senalda, Serilda, Venerada and Ymelda. These names tend to be less frequently used than Esmeralda.