Esme Name Meaning & Origin

Esme

Pronunciation: EHZ-may (key)

Origin of the name Esme:

Derived from the French esmé (loved), the past participle of the verb esmer (to love). Alternatively, some believe the name to be a variant of Aimé (beloved).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Esmé, Esmée, Ismay, Esmeralda

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Nicknames for Esme

- Ez/Es
- Ezzie
- Essie
- May
- Maisie
- Mémé (note: this is also the French informal for Grandma!)
- Moo

Meanings and history of the name Esme

The origin is linguistically Old French: esmé (feminine esmée), "esteemed", past participle of esmer, "to esteem." That said, Esmé is not a common name in France.

The original masculine name was carried by the Norman French who came to Scotland in the 12th century by way of England. An early recorded appearance in Scotland is by Esmé Stewart, the 1st Duke of Lennox. In the early 20th century, Esmé became popular among the British. Several subsequent holders of the title Duke of Lennox were named Esmé (pronounced correctly as EHZ-may).

In modern years, the original masculine Esmé has become acceptable as a feminine name. The original feminine version of the name, Esmée, is now given less frequently than does Esmé.

Famous real-life people named Esme

- Actor Anthony Edwards has a daughter named Esme (born in 1997).
- Actress Samantha Morton has a daughter named Esme (born in 2000).
- Actor Michael J. Fox has a daughter named Esmé Annabelle (born in 2001).
- Actress Olivia Williams has a daughter named Esmé (born in 2004).
- Actress Katey Sagal has a daughter named Esmé Louise (born in 2007).

Esme in song, story & screen

- Esmé: The girl in J.D. Salinger's short story, "For Esmé with Love and Squalor."
- Esmé Squalor: Count Olaf's girlfriend and fellow villain in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (one of the many literary references in the book, this time to Salinger's short story).
- Esme Vanderheusen: A character on the now defunct American soap opera, "Passions."
- Euphemia "Esme" Lennox: The title character in the book "The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox" by Maggie O'Farrell.
- Esme (Esmerelda) 'Granny' Weatherwax: A character in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series.
- Esme Cullen: A vampire, the beloved of Carlisle Cullen. A loving and gentle woman, and the caring adoptive mother of Edward, Alice, Rosalie, Emmet, Jasper Cullen in the "Twilight" series by Stephenie Meyer.
- Singer Joanna Newsom has a song called "Esme" on disc 3 of her 2010 album "Have One On Me."
- Esme Song, character in the Netflix series Degrassi: Next Class
- Esme, one of the Stepford Cuckoos in the X-Men comics

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