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First recorded as the name of Esmé Stuart, a cousin and favourite of King James VII. His mother was French, which may explain his name. The name spread to other aristocratic Scottish families, and from there to general British use. It is little used in France.
Elly747  2/12/2005
There is a character in the Lemony Snicket by this name. She was a very greedy and rich woman.
echo_of_the_past  7/26/2005
Esme is also a character in J.D. Salinger's "Nine Stories" called, "For Esme - With Love and Squalor". I love this name so much.
― Anonymous User  11/16/2005
Esme is the name of a character in Annette Curtis Klause's novel, Blood and Chocolate.
websurfer  5/4/2006
Famous bearer: Esme Percy, British actor.
Kosta  5/25/2006
Could also be short for Esmeralda.
― Anonymous User  7/27/2006
Pronounced EZ-may.
esme29  10/13/2006
Became a popular name in England & Australia between 1905 and 1930. Has staged a comeback with an Australian TV character ('Esme Watson' in TV show A Country Practice). Also US actor Michael J Fox (Spin City; Return to the Future) has a daughter Esme, as has US actor Anthony Edwards (E.R.; Top Gun).
― Anonymous User  10/13/2006
My name is Esme! It is pronounced EZ-ME. I love my name, it's rare you meet anyone else with it. :)
esme84  11/14/2006
Even though she was an evil woman in Lemony Snicket, Esme still is a pretty name.
jmd27  12/11/2006
Actress Katey Segal and her husband, Kurt Sutter, welcomed Esmé Sutter on January 10, 2007!

It appears that Esmé is slowly gaining more popularity among celebrities and the artsy set.
― Anonymous User  2/20/2007
American Actor Michael J. Fox named his fourth child Esme Annabelle.
― Anonymous User  3/16/2007
I like the name Esme a lot. Very uncommon. I like uncommon names. I once knew someone named Imay (pronounced IS mee), but I like the name/spelling of Esme a lot more.
Jesus_Freak  5/7/2007
Esme is a way hotter name on a dude than on a chick.
― Anonymous User  5/24/2007
English actress Olivia Williams has a daughter named Esme Ruby.
Kate  9/25/2007
I personally like this this name even though I associate it with anything, sorta ´´high class``. I always thought it was better for a girl.
dreamgirl54  11/6/2007
I never considered this a masculine name and think it sounds kinda weird. This name is so beautiful for a girl and it isn't popular or coming into fashion, which scores big points with me. I've never even heard of anyone named Esme out of the Twilight books.
livieluvbug  12/6/2007
I noticed someone had put the pronunctiation as ez-may, but I pronounce it like EZ-me.
livieluvbug  12/14/2007
The perfect sophisticated-yet-cutesy name. Easy to picture as a 2-year-old playing dress-up or an 18-year-old getting her diploma. Love it pronounced EZ-may. Definitely in my top 20. Pair it with D'Arcy or Juliette and you have a beautiful name for your little sugarplum!
edenrowe  12/30/2007
In the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett, Granny Weatherwax is called Esme, short for Esmerelda.
torioso  3/10/2008
Why does everyone think this is such a girly name? Just cause some stupid Americans gave their girl this name because they thought it sounded more feminine DOESN'T make it a female name! gosh! -.-
― Anonymous User  4/19/2008
In South Africa Esme is only ever used as a female name. Nothing else at all. And not as an abbreviation, either. It's pronounced EZ-may.

It's old-fashioned now, but still very familiar. There was a stage and radio/TV actress many years ago called Esme Euvrard, and those who remember her connect the name with washing powder commercials.
Anneza  5/26/2008
I love the name Esme. It's been growing on me lately, and I was shocked to meet one the other day. It's seems my favorite names, Cecilia, Ada and Esme are all gaining popularity. Oh, and to the person who made the "stupid Americans" comment, well we Americans hate those people too. I'm glad to see that stereotyping is saving you so much time though.
Clytemnestra  6/28/2008
This should be spelled Esmée if you give it to a girl. In French female names end in -ée not just in é. For example René is used for boys and Renée for girls. Esmée is a really pretty name, in my opinion.
Lily8  8/3/2008
Esmé means "beloved."
SebastianCharlie4evr  8/20/2008
Esme Anne Pratt Evenson Cullen (known as Esme Cullen) is a vampire in the popular saga "Twilight", by Stephenie Meyer. She acts as the mother figure in the Cullen coven, and her husband is Carlisle. She was born in 1895 and changed into a vampire when she was 26. Before she had been changed, she jumped off of a cliff after her baby died (Carlisle changed her when she was in the hospital morgue-- still alive, but barely). She has an ability to love passionately, and it's almost impossible not to like her.
― Anonymous User  8/26/2008
Also in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Saga, Bella's & Edward's daughter has a name that is a hybrid between Renee (Bella's mother) and Esme (Edward's mother-figure). The daughter's name became Reneesme, which I guess is pronounced ren-EZ-meh.  11/24/2008
I dislike Esmé but I love Esmée for a girl. Esmé is the MASCULINE form of the name. Feminine forms end in -ée, so in my opinion it would be ridiculous to give Esmé to a girl. Esmée is the correct feminine form.

I know that in the US people use René for girls occasionally which is just as wrong. The feminine form is Renée.

Please note that in France people would assume René and Esmé were boys and Renée and Esmée were girls. Show some respect to the French language and spell it the correct way for a girl Esmée.
― Anonymous User  12/26/2008
I very much love this name. I just got a bichon recently and named her Esme. Such an elegant and beautiful name.
blueeyesparkle  1/22/2009
This is a masculine name? It does not sound like it at all!
Likeyeahwhatev  3/4/2009
Very nice and sophisticated-sounding, though can still be cutesy. Twilight didn't ruin this name, thankfully, as Esme Cullen didn't do ANYTHING in the books, supporting Twilight's sexism. Hopefully no one links this to Renesmee, though, which is a horrendous name and character.
Kerules  5/25/2009
Esme Cullen does in fact do something, did you actually read the books? She runs a very successful interior design business and is highly sought after.
DeTamble  7/8/2010
Esmé Cecil Wingfield-Stratford (1882-1971), British writer and historian.
Jonquil  6/6/2009
I completely agree with the person who said that the correct French spelling - Esmée - should be used for girls. Not only is Esmé masculine, it isn't as pretty as the proper feminine version.
Jonquil  6/6/2009
On the television show Dexter, there is a character named Esme Pasquale who replaces Maria LaGuerta as Lt. for a short time. Played by Judith Scott. This character is overly emotional and disabling to the strong, capable, female image for the department until the former Lt. takes back her position. Though her name is spelled with one 'e' at the end, which is ironic.
livieluvbug  7/10/2009
Boring and overrated. It is a masculine name, not a feminine one, but it sounds so wimpy. It's also been ruined by Twilight.
bananarama  7/16/2009
I love this name. I only heard of it after Esme Denters the singer and I never liked it because of Twilight, I haven't even read it :) and you could always call her Ezzie for short. :)
kylaaxx  6/5/2010
To the comment above, the Dutch singer is called Esmee Denters, 2 E's. I love this name! Although I don't really see why it matters if it has two e's or one e.
foreverslowly  7/15/2012
Esme was the name of the half-sister of the protagonist in the book Whispering to Witches by Anna Dale. It's a shame Twilight came out, because before that, Esme was not a very well known name at all, and I was planning to use it for a future daughter after reading Whispering to Witches, but now many people know of its existence.
― Anonymous User  6/22/2010
I love this name very much. Just the sound of it is very motherly and caring. Also the name of one of my favorite characters in the Twilight saga.
beatrixtff  10/23/2010
HIGHLY overrated. I don't see the beauty in it. Sorry.
Chrila96  12/29/2010
Yawn. This name is ugly. It sounds ugly on a girl, but incredibly pathetic and wimpy on a boy.
Bonquiqui  6/19/2012
The Dutch pronunciation of this name is: es-MAY. [noted -ed]
Lucille  1/16/2013
My name is Esmé and I've met quite a few Esmés in my life, all women, most spelled the same as me though one omitted the accent. A number of people automatically link my name to Twilight, which I find frustrating, not being much of a fan, but occasionally there are people that I meet who get the Salinger reference instead. Many others have never heard the name and think it's quite lovely. I go by Ez or Es. Some pronounce my name Ez-May, as I do, but other people call me Ez-Me. It's usually a conversation starter when I meet people, which is nice.
― Anonymous User  3/3/2013
This is the name of my nine year old daughter. I love it, but be prepared for a lot of "oooh, like in Twilight?" (gag) and constantly correcting people's pronunciations (long "a" sound at the end NOT long "e"). It seems to be gaining popularity, which is kind of a shame. I speak French but (GASP!) deliberately chose the male spelling because I preferred the look of it. I usually write it without the accent acute since we do not live in a French speaking country :-P. I wouldn't be concerned with the pedants who complain about the male/female endings because, though the name is of French origin, it has never been popular there and it developed it's legs overseas (Scotland, England, The Netherlands) making it more of an international name.
beatrixandbasil  5/24/2013
Esme Raji Codell is a well known author and children's reading specialist.
beatrixandbasil  5/24/2013
This name is actually extremely uncommon in France. There are apparently 44 girls named Esmé living in France as of 2010.
― Anonymous User  8/26/2013
This name is stunning. I love how it sounds and how it looks. It is completely feminen and attractive. It is just fabulous.
MusicBelle  10/17/2013
My youngest daughter is called Esme (we pronounce it Ez-may) and it is so great to hear people with the name who really like it. I hope she will.
monsume  5/22/2014
Could be the next generation's Amy.
Hushpuppy  10/30/2014
I pronounse my name, ez - me. Personally I don't like it pronounced ez - may.
EsMEDAnni  7/5/2015
My name is Esme with the accent but people pronounce it wrong and say it as it's spelt but it's read out like Esmay. I would prefer to be called Esmee with the accent but I don't mind. I only know one Esme and it isn't said like mine. It's very rare and I like rare names and I'm proud of it. I'm not fond of Esmerealda, I think it's a very old fashion name.
0mg_its_Esme  4/24/2016
I think some people have vastly over-rated how "masculine" the name Esmé EVER was. It was only used by the Stewarts as a boy's name for a few generations; one of the Esmés died young, and after that they abandoned it as an unfortunate choice.

It never become popular in Scotland as a boy's name, and when it came into more common use in the 19th century, it was overwhelmingly more often chosen as a girl's name.

In 1894 an anonymous novel called The Green Carnation caused a scandal as a portrayal of Oscar Wilde and his lover Sir Alfred Douglas. In the novel, the Oscar Wilde character is called Esmé, possibly chosen as a name with gender ambiguity. The novel was one of the pieces of evidence used to convict Oscar Wilde for indecency, and have him sent to prison.

After the novel, it is rare to find any examples of boys named Esmé - not that there ever had been very many.
AustraLiana  9/20/2016
It is redundant to add an extra E to the name Esmé - it doesn't need to be feminized, as by now it is already a female name. Neither does it need to follow French spelling rules, as it isn't a French name, but a British one based on a French word.
AustraLiana  9/20/2016
My name is Esme and I don't pronounce it Es-may, I pronounce it Es-mee, so that's incorrect.
― Anonymous User  9/25/2016
It doesn't have to just be pronounced Ez-may.
― Anonymous User  9/25/2016
I named my daughter Esme Anais but regret it very much. She's nearly 7 now and in England when I named her it wasn't even in the top 100. I hadn't seen Twilight so didn't copy the film, I just liked the name. I wanted to call my daughter Anais but due to family preferring Esme I went with it. The name is cute but I am hearing it all the time now and hate calling it out in public in case another child turns around. It's in the top 50 names in the UK now so it's even less rare. I'm at the point where often I call her Anais especially when I go somewhere no one knows us. She loves Anais too so I think she'll use it when she's old enough to decide. I don't understand why people keep using a name if they know it's growing in popularity, it takes away the uniqueness and rarity. Please stop following crowds women when naming your children, it irritates those who found a somewhat classic rare name to a common across the broad name! I even heard it on Jeremy Kyle! So upsetting.
― Anonymous User  10/28/2016
Esmé is the masculine form of the name, Esmée would be the correct feminine form in French (just as with René (m) and Renée (f)).
― Anonymous User  12/17/2016
We named our daughter Esme because we loved the look and sound of it. We pronounce it Ez-may. We were very aware of the feminine French version, but chose to spell it like the book For Esme-With Love and Squalor, and Other Stories: by J.D. Salinger. If she travels to France someday like I hope she will, I will educate her on the spelling of her name there and she can choose to spell it the French way when she is over there to avoid confusion... but in America she will be Esme!

I get many compliments on how beautiful a name Esme is. We are happy to have named her such a strong and feminine name.
suzeboles  3/19/2017
I like Esme, but prefer Esmee, and the pronunciation Ez-May.
XironDarkstar  1/14/2018
Esmé Stuart, 2nd Duke of Richmond, 5th Duke of Lennox 2 November 1649 – 10 August 1660.
Missy  2/5/2018
I love the name Esme. I watch youtube- The Ingham Family- be sure to check them out Esme is one of the daughters. I love her she is so cute and lively!
scarlett2008  4/8/2018

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