What does Esmeralda mean?
Esmeralda \e-smeral-da, es-mera-lda\ 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".
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.
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)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Esmeralda for girls. Esmeralda was first listed in 1950-1959 and reached its highest position of #133 in the U.S. in 1998, and is at #376 currently. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Displayed below is an analysis of the usage of the girl name Esmeralda and corresponding names. Emerald, Emmie, Esme (#816 the previous year) and Lala are the popular related forms of Esmeralda (#376 the previous year). Usage of these girl names reached its peak in 1998 (usage of 0.2112%) and is somewhat lower today (usage 0.1616%, down 23.5%), with the forms Emerald and Emmie becoming less fashionable. Esmeralda (#376) is the most trendy girl name among these. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)