In French, it's probably closer to es-meh (no emphasis of syllables).
Esmé's the masculine spelling, while Esmée's feminine spelling; both forms are pronounced the same. The first bearer of the name was Esmé Stuart
, 1st Duke
(1542?–1583), who was born and raised in France
and who had a French mother iirc. He was also the cousin of James
VI/I of Scotland and England.
"Six hours later I still haven't done my homework, but I did come up with 245 name combos, seven of which I might name my child." — Modified LJ icon quote
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