Eva Mendes: Hunchback Inspired Our Baby's Name She and Ryan Gosling love Esmeralda from the French novel By Matt Cantor, Newser User Posted Nov 26, 2014 9:15 AM CST 10 comments Comments Actress Eva Mendes attends the premiere of Focus Features' "The Place Beyond The Pines" at the Landmark Sunshine Theater on Thursday March 28, 2013 in New York. (Photo: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) (Newser) – New parents Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling are, it seems, big fans of Victor Hugo's novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame—such big fans, in fact, that they named their daughter after one of its characters, People reports. "We both love the Esmeralda character … and we just think it’s a beautiful name," Mendes tells Violet Grey. "Her middle is Amada, which was my grandmother’s name. It means 'beloved' in Spanish." Esmeralda Amada was born in September after a pregnancy that mostly flew under the radar.