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Origin of the name ESMERALDA.
Etymology of the name ESMERALDA.
Meaning of the baby name ESMERALDA.

  

ESMERALDA.  Spanish name meaning "emerald." (History of Christian Names, Yonge, 1884).  Also see the masculine forms Esmeraldo and Esmeraldus.

    Esmeralda, in Victor Hugo's Notre Dame de Paris (1831), a gypsy girl who, with tambourine and goat, dances in the streets of mediaeval Paris.  Her beauty is unadorned almost to the point of nudity, yet she remains pure and undefiled.  She is in love with a captain in the gendarmerie of Louis XI, but the creature who loves her best is Quasimodo, the hunchback bell-ringer, for whom she feels only a mixture of repugnance and pity.  When she is accused of witchcraft she flies to the belfry where Quasimodo conceals her for a time, but she is eventually gibbeted.  Esmeralda is one of the many imitations of Geothe's Fenella. (Heroes and Heroines of Fiction, Walsh, 1914)

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