Eva Mendes Shares Secret Meaning Behind Baby's Name

eva mendesEver since Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling welcomed their little Gos-baby, the world has been mesmerized by her name: Esmeralda Amada. The beautiful and delicate name is absolutely perfect for a little lady, but we didn't know much about her -- or mom's pregnancy. 

Finally, in a recent interview with Violet Grey, Mendes is speaking out for the first time about motherhood, her daughter, and their choice of name. And in case you were wondering, she is, indeed, named after a Disney character.


We were really excited about naming her ... We both love the Esmeralda character from the Victor Hugo novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame and just think it’s a beautiful name. Her middle is Amada, which was my grandmother’s name. It means “beloved” in Spanish.

A perfect mix of family and a little fantasy. Works for us!

The tie to old literature (and, yes, the more recent Disney flick too) is sweet, but the nod to grandma is even better. Put them both together, and the little girl has two wonderful namesakes.

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And how's motherhood treating the actress? "I’m completely exhausted," she told the magazine. "I thought my wild nights were over but these are some of the wildest nights I’ve ever had."

Leave it to the baby to make Mom's nights just a little more crazy!

What do you think of the name Esmeralda?


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