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Subject: Esmée's pronunciation and form
Author: Miranda   (Authenticated as Randee15)
Date: May 24, 2004 at 4:38:06 AM
So, I'm hearing that Esmée's supposed to be pronounced EZ-mee. Why? The -ée ending and French derivation would lead me to the ez-MAY pronunciation, like Renée's re-NAY and Aimée's e-MAY. So why is Esmée apparently an exception?

And why is Esmé apparently the accepted female form, despite the fact that René isn't usually used for girls even in English-speaking countries, but Renée is? (Aimé's unheard of for girls, as far as I know, in English-speaking countries, which is why I excluded it.)

Miranda

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