[ 4 syll. e-sme-ral-da, es-mera-lda ] The baby girl name Esmeralda is pronounced ehZ-Mah-RAAL-Dah (English) or ehS-Meh-RAAL-Daa (Spanish) †. Esmeralda is of English and Spanish origin, and it is used mainly in Greek, Spanish, English, German, and Italian. Spanish origin, English, German, Italian, and Spanish use: It is from esmeralda which means 'emerald' ; smaragdus 'green stone'. The first name is derived from the Spanish name of the gemstone, which is itself from the Latin smaragdus. Esmeralda is the nickname of the gypsy girl and love interest of the hunchbacked Quasimodo in Victor Hugo's The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1831); in the novel, her nickname originated from her wearing an emerald amulet.
Esmeralda is a Greek and Spanish variant transcription of Emerald (English).
Esmeralda is a widely used name; it has 36 variant transcriptions that are used in English and foreign languages. English variant transcriptions include Em, Emelda, Emeralda, Emerant, Emeraude, Emmie, Es, Esma, Esmaralda, Esmarelda, Esmerald, Esmeralde, Esmeraldina, Esmeraude, Esmerelda (also used in Spanish), Esmerilda, Esmie, Esmiralda, Esmirelda, Ezmerald, Ezmeralda, Ezmeralde, Ezmeraude, Ezmerelda, Ezmirilda, Izzie, and Izzy. Other English variants include the shortening Esme, and the diminutive forms Emerald, Ezzie, and Lolly. Esmee (Dutch), Meralda (Latin), and Smeralda (Italian) are variant transcriptions of Esmeralda that are used in foreign languages. The diminutive forms Esmé (French) and Lala (Czech) are other foreign variants.
Esmeralda is fairly popular as a baby name for girls. The name's popularity grew from the 1950s up to the 1990s. At the modest peak of its usage in 1998, 0.128% of baby girls were named Esmeralda. It ranked at #134 then. The baby name has since experienced a drop in popularity. In 2016, it ranked at #377 with a usage of 0.045%, but it was nevertheless the most popular out of all girl names in its group. Esmeralda was twice as popular as the next most popular name, Esme, in 2016.
A baby name that sounds like Esmeralda is Esmerelda (English and Spanish).
† Pronunciation for Esmeralda: EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; Z as in "zoo (Z.UW)" ; M as in "me (M.IY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; D as in "day (D.EY)" ; S as in "see (S.IY)"