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Eva Mendes Reveals How Her Dad Inspired Her Daughter Esmeralda's Name—As Well As A Famous Film!

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Sep. 17 2015, Published 6:09 p.m. ET

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Beauty Eva Mendes is known for being private, but she finally opened up about her daughter Esmeralda Amada, who she gave birth to last year, and the meaning behind the adorable name!

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During an appearance on The Wendy Williams Show, the 41-year-old admitted that she and partner Ryan Gosling are fans of a pretty popular Disney movie which has Esmeralda as a main character.

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“We love the Hunchback of Notre Dame, we loved the name, the cartoon and the novel,” Eva admitted.

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And her dad can be to thank as well. Eva continued, “It’s actually a very popular Latin name so it’s easy for my father, and certain family members that still don’t speak English, to pronounce. That was a good selling point.”

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In Spanish, the meaning of the name is “emerald,” and in Victor Hugo’s novel, which was adapted in a film, Esmeralda is noted for her beauty. We are sure Eva’s daughter already is as well with her enviable genes!

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As for Esmeralda’s middle name, “Amada,” Eva used her family as inspiration. “Amada was my grandmother’s name. It means ‘beloved’ in Spanish,” she revealed last year. How cute! What are your thoughts on Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling naming their daughter Esmeralda? Let us know in the comments section below.

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