Smaragda is a female name in Greece, deriving from the Greek word smaragdi which refers to the precious stone, known in English as emerald.
Smaragda is much more common name than its male respective Smaragdos, although for the Greek Orthodox Church Smaragdos is the martyr honored in its calendar.
Male version of name Smaragda: Smaragdos
Nameday of name Smaragda: March 9th
Origin of name Smaragda – Smaragdos Martyr
As mentioned before, Smaragda is a name that exists since the antiquity, when the word smaragdi was used to describe this precious stone, however it became part of the Greek Orthodox Calendar referring to Smaragdos, one of the 40 martyrs of Sevastia. According to the Greek Orthodox tradition there were 40 men and women who suffered a tortured death in the town of Sevastia in 320AD.
These martyrs, along with Smaragdos were soldiers during the reign of Likinos the Emperor, who refused to follow the pagan symbols and were sentenced to death. The Orthodox Church in order to celebrate their memory, honors them on March 9th every year. Therefore, women with the name Smaragda, celebrate their nameday on March 9th as well.
Nicknames deriving from name Smaragda
Smaragda is not a name that has many nicknames or diminutives, however you can find a few, such as Smaragdi, Smarw, Smaroula, Smaragdoula
The Names’ Fairy reveals the meaning of name Smaragda
Smaragda is a very serious and cautious woman, always interested in arts and cultures. She is also a person devoted and dedicated to her family.