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Quick Facts on Esmeralda

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • Spanish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 4
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 392
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Esmeralda

  • Humanitarian
  • Community-minded
  • Family-oriented
  • Loving
  • Affectionate
  • Compassionate
  • Sensitive

Etymology & Historical Origin - Esmeralda

The name Esmeralda comes from the Spanish vocabulary word for ‘emerald.’ The name was used in 1831 by Victor Hugo in his novel “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” and this helped to popularize the name among French and English speakers. Esmeralda was the nickname of his protagonist Agnes, a beautiful and kind-hearted gypsy dancer who is at the center of the story’s drama. She is the only character to display human compassion to the hideously hunchbacked cathedral bell-ringer Quasimodo. Her character is noble if not a bit naïve. And so lovely she had all the male characters swooning for her attentions. Like many dramatic heroines, Esmeralda meets a tragic fate, but her beauty, kindness, courage and fortitude made a lasting impression on Hugo’s readers. The name is mainly used by Spanish speakers but enjoys occasional use among many other ethnicities.

Popularity of the Name Esmeralda

Esmeralda first appeared on the U.S. popularity charts in 1951. She lurked in the shadows for a couple of decades and then started her slow and quiet ascent up the charts. The increased popularity of this lovely Spanish name is no doubt due to the growing Hispanic and Latino populations in the United States. Each decade since the 1960s, the Hispanic population has been growing by roughly 50% - and much of this population is concentrated in the states of California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. Not surprisingly, this is where Esmeralda has seen most of her success. However, like many other Spanish inspired names, Esmeralda is seeing a decline as we enter the 21st century. Regardless of the name’s Spanish roots, Esmeralda is definitely a cross-over name that’s off-beat but beautiful. Eccentric but interesting. This name is one part princess and two parts gypsy. Some say it has “old-lady” associations or “witch-like” meanings (think: the 1960s sitcom “Bewitched” wherein the mother witch is named Esmeralda). But this four-syllable name just simply takes our breath away. Cute nicknames or pet forms can include: Emma, Ezzie, Rella or Esme. It’s a “gem” of a name!
Popularity of the Girl Name Esmeralda
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Esmeralda

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Esmeralda

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Esmeralda

    Esmeralda (The Hunchback of Notre Dame) Esmeralda is the young girl (nee Agnes) who is stolen by gypsies as a baby, who replace her in her crib with the disfigured infant Quasimodo, in Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Her mother flees Rheims in her grief, and the baby Quasimodo is sent to the orphanage at Notre Dame. In the meantime, Esmeralda, having been happily raised by the gypsies, lives with them in Paris and earns a living as a dancer. She comes to the attention of the evil Frollo and is rescued from a fate worse than death by the kind-hearted Quasimodo. He, in turn is aided by her when he runs afoul of the law, but ultimately, they both succumb to a tragic end. The story has had many treatments, but perhaps it is the Walt Disney 1996 animated version that delights us most (and presents a happy ending). Esmeralda is as beautiful as ever, with her emerald green eyes, but she is perhaps a tad more independent and self-willed (voiced by Demi Moore). In this incarnation, both Esmeralda and Quasimodo are spared, he to come into the fruition of belief in his own self-worth, and she to a satisfying denouement in which she happily marries her true love, Captain Phoebus.

  • Popular Songs on Esmeralda

    Popular Songs on Esmeralda

    Dearest Esmeralda - a song by John Denver

    Esmeralda - an opera by Dargomyzhsky

    Esmeralda - an English opera by Arthur Goring Thomas

    Esmeralda's Hollywood - a song by Steve Earle and The Dukes

    La Esméralda - a French opera by Louise Bertin

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Esmeralda

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Esmeralda

    Esmeralda and the Children Next Door (Jenny Nimmo) - Esmeralda was big and strong, but that wasn't good enough to win her favor in the eyes of the neighbor kids. ``Go away Esmeralda, you'll frighten the baby,'' they tell her. Although her circus parents hope she will join the circus as the strong woman, Esmeralda would rather be recognized for her gentleness and kindness, and her ability to walk tight rope and do acrobatics. When suddenly a tree limb breaks, Esmeralda is able to use both her strength and her kindness to save the baby's life. But after her heroic feat, Esmeralda's energy is zapped. Now the tables are turned; with Esmeralda sick in bed, the neighbor kids miss her presence. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Esmeralda and the Enchanted Pond (Susan Jane Ryan) - Are the turtles really gnomes? Did the evil king turn the pond dark brown, or is there a scientific reason for the murky water? Visit a mysterious forest pond with Esmeralda and her dad. While Esmeralda's dad uses his imagination to explain the natural events that take place around the pond, Esmeralda wants more scientific explanations. Her dad finally gives realistic answers to the inquisitive girl's demands. But, in the end, Esmeralda's pond is enchanted. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Esmeralda Learns Important Things (Irene Gonzalez Rosales) - When children feel useful they develop a very healthy self esteem. Like all small children, Esmeralda loves to learn to do chores. Her mother and grandmother encourage her enthusiasm. From her mother Esmeralda learns to do daily chores, and from her grandmother she learns to do some uncommon tasks. Children will love reading about all the grown-up chores that Esmeralda learns how to do in this colorful picture book. Includes reproducible vocabulary word lists in English and Spanish. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Esmeralda the Ragdoll and Other Stories (Derek Hall, et al) - Five minute tales before bedtime. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    The Cruise of the 'Esmeralda' (Harry Collingwood) - Buried Treasure! They were tough times, those years, but there was a story in his family -- they'd been telling it for generations -- that centuries ago, an ancestor of Captain Saint Leger's had found a shipwreck laden with a huge hoard of gold and jewels. He'd buried it, so the story went, in a secret location on an island in the Far East. Young Captain Saint Leger -- broke as he is -- sets out to find the treasure. It's not as easy as it sounds: he gets attacked by pirates, and of course the voyage itself is long and fretful. But they get there, puzzle out the directions his ancestor encrypted, find the treasure -- and then the crew turns on him, intending to steal the treasure! Days are a good English seaman just can't catch a break! But The Cruise of the 'Esmeralda' is a Harry Collingwood adventure, and you know all has to come out right end the end -- don't you? Gee, we sure hope so. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    The Midnight Adventures of Kelly, Dot, and Esmeralda (John S Goodall) - A sturdy koala bear, Kelly; an engaging doll, Dot; and a tiny, demure mouse, Esmeralda, who live quietly on top of a chest of drawers in the nursery, wake just at midnight to begin their adventures. They climb into an inviting picture on the wall that shows a charming landscape with a river running through it and a rowboat drawn up on the bank. But the delights of a village fair they visit turn to terror when Esmeralda is caught by a piratical cat -- and only Dot's quick wit and the boldest action on Kelly's part save all three of them from disaster. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Zelda and Esmeralda (Susan Elizabeth Ross) - This is a story about a tiny fairy named Zelda who lives in a beautiful evergreen forest with her best friend a dragonfly named Esmeralda, Zelda believes that above the tops of the tallest trees there's another world that she has never seen, called the sky. This mysterious place is beyond the reach of her tiny wings, but with the help and guidance of Esmeralda and the inspiration of a magical bird named Benny Lee, Zelda will embark on a quest to make her dream come true and along the way she learns that if you can believe it you can achieve it! Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Zelda, Esmeralda, and the Big Blue Sea (Susan Elizabeth Ross) - Zelda is a tiny fairy who always longs for adventure. She along with her best friend Esmeralda, a red dragonfly, embark on the journey of a lifetime to the shores of the big blue sea. To reach their destinations they must fly by night and face dangers along the way. With the help and guidance of a gull named Timothy Bendinbeak they are able to fulfill this amazing quest and Zelda learns once again that true magic is the gift of friends to help you along the way. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Esmeralda

    Famous People Named Esmeralda

    Famous People Named Esmeralda - Esmeralda Santiago (author); Princess Marie-Esméralda of Belgium (royalty); Esmeralda Kapiolani Marignoli (Hawaiian-Italian noblewoman)

  • Children of Famous People Named Esmeralda

    Children of Famous People Named Esmeralda

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Esmeralda - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Esmeralda.

  • Historic Figures

    Esmeralda - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Esmeralda - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Esmeralda.

Personality of the Girl Name Esmeralda

Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.

Variations of the Baby Name - Esmeralda

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