How would you pronounce Esme?

(71 Posts)
JojoMags Thu 09-May-13 17:43:29

I think this is beautiful pn Es-may but ordinary pn Es-me. Would I be fighting a losing battle against a tide of Es-me if we used this?

zingally Thu 09-May-13 20:05:48

Es may smile

poppyknot Thu 09-May-13 20:07:35

Or Emzy as did used to say.....

ShadowStorm Thu 09-May-13 20:07:37

Es-mee

JojoMags Thu 09-May-13 20:09:08

Goodness. Fifty-fifty by the sounds of it.

Ohhelpohnoitsa Thu 09-May-13 20:11:49

ez me

EskSmith Thu 09-May-13 20:12:46

Dd2 is an Esmé ( pn Ez May)
She corrects people who pronounce it Ez me (she also insists on her accent which I always said I wouldn't be precious about)

I am of course biased but it is a lovely name ;)

daisydoodoo Thu 09-May-13 20:13:31

My dd2's name and its pronounced ez may. Never heard es me before.

TreeLuLa Thu 09-May-13 20:13:33

Es - me.

Makes me think of a pale, pasty child. DOn't know why - I have never met an Esme!

daisydoodoo Thu 09-May-13 20:14:34

Dd2 is only 3 and we call her ez mainly but she does say ez may if asked her name.

EskSmith Thu 09-May-13 20:14:48

She is 4 btw. What helped cement the proper pronunciation with extended family was that dd1 used to call her May-May smile

TobyLerone Thu 09-May-13 20:15:16

It's Ez-me. It's Ez-may if it's Esmé.

DD is an Ez-me.

Geraldandhisgiraffe Thu 09-May-13 20:16:22

I knew an es me growing up. Ez may sounds very strange to me.

TobyLerone Thu 09-May-13 20:17:40

And nobody has ever made a joke of it (can't remember who said it was a 'joke' name). She's 12, so there's been plenty of opportunity.

TidyDancer Thu 09-May-13 20:21:18

I know two people with the name Esme, and both go by ez-me.

Much prettier than Es-may IMO.

miffybun73 Thu 09-May-13 20:22:01

Definitely Ez-may to me, rather than Es-may or Es-me, but maybe I'm wrong. Beautiful name smile

Cocodale Thu 09-May-13 20:25:00

Esmay x

squoosh Thu 09-May-13 20:26:29

I think the Es-may pronunciation is much, much nicer. Es-me makes me think of a mousy little old woman in a tweed skirt.

You could put the accent on it Esmée, people would be more likly to pronounce it in your preferred way then.

EleanorFarjeon Thu 09-May-13 20:27:42

I know one and she's Ez-me, which is far nicer than Es-may imo.

zzzzz Thu 09-May-13 20:28:00

Ez-May

NumTumDeDum Thu 09-May-13 20:29:48

Ez may. It's in the Twilight film. So it's law.

oldfatandtired1 Thu 09-May-13 20:32:28

Ez-may. (There's an 'acute' on the end 'e' in French, no?)

LaydeeC Thu 09-May-13 20:45:59

Es-me definitely
Es-may sounds odd to my ear.
I have known three of them (inc my 14 yo) all pn Es-me
Love it, obviously!

chattychattyboomba Thu 09-May-13 20:51:44

Ez-may to me. You could avoid the Esme pronunciation by writing it Esmé or Esmae?
Don't usually go for unusual spelling though.

LemonBreeland Thu 09-May-13 20:57:26

I think it depends on where you live as to how it would be pronounced.

I'm up north and would say Esmee, but feel southerners would be more likely to say Esmay.

TobyLerone Thu 09-May-13 21:03:01

I'm a southerner. Everyone says Ez-me.

It was also an elderly relative's name <outs self> and she was Ez-me and from Belfast.

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