Sibling name for Esme?

(28 Posts)
nutella81 Fri 19-Jul-13 21:14:54

My DD is Esme (pron. Ezmee) - so whilst it's an old name, my chosen pronunciation is more modern (compared to the Ezmay pron.). Problem is do I go traditional or more modern for sibling? I think it's hard to match...

Flinstones Fri 19-Jul-13 21:18:27

I have esmé & Freya. I love there names.

Rosa
Isla
Iris
Robyn
Alice

Isaac
Oscar
Noah

nutella81 Fri 19-Jul-13 22:23:40

I agree flinstones smile - a close friend has a Freya...that's the problem when you have babies later!

Thanks fruit - you have her middle name listed smile

nettlemummy Fri 19-Jul-13 22:25:31

Magnus for a boy

MrsHowardRoark Fri 19-Jul-13 22:27:32

Eleanor

Ikeameatballs Fri 19-Jul-13 22:27:44

Ada
Bella
Otilie
Maeve
Una
Nina
Juno
Cerys

Ikeameatballs Fri 19-Jul-13 22:30:12

Luke
Jude
Nelson
Wilf
Wilbur
Francis (Frankie)
Stefan
Hal

kasbah72 Fri 19-Jul-13 22:31:50

Thea
Rebecca
Lucy
Natasha
Romilly
Rosa
Amelie
Jessany

Jacob
Dylan
Luca
Hugo
Oscar
Reuben
Louis
Theo

Ficidy Fri 19-Jul-13 22:58:46

Your pronunciation of Esmé isn't modern, it's wrong. This is a French name and pronouncing it Esmee is just anglicising it. So, if you want to go the 'modern' route, I think you'd be better off coming up with a relatively new name, rather than mispronouncing an old one.

nutella81 Sat 20-Jul-13 08:57:16

Ficidy - I disagree, as I don't use an accent.

Previous thread illustrates split in opinion:

http://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/baby_names/a1751824-How-would-you-pronounce-Esme

MrsPercyPig Sat 20-Jul-13 09:14:41

I'm not sure it's helpful to tell a parent they are pronouncing their own child's name incorrectly! hmm

Anyway, my suggestions

Phoebe
Florence
Autumn (depending on when it's born obv)
Claire (due a revival, I think!)

Seth
Tim
Oscar (apparently it's popular, but I don't know any and I'm a teacher!)

My tuppence worth!

Wbdn28 Sat 20-Jul-13 16:31:23

There's nothing wrong with using an anglicised version of a name. Many names from other countries have an English version.

Juliet
Isadora
Olivia
Laura
Harriet

Peter
George
Hector
Albert
Dominic

Ruththetooth Sat 20-Jul-13 16:40:07

Joe
Seth
Finlay/Finley

baskingseals Sat 20-Jul-13 17:47:18

Frederick

Benedict

Jago

Reuben

Milo

Kitty

Dulcie

Clara

Dora

Honor

dimdommilpot Sun 21-Jul-13 08:19:41

We are TTC now and currently have an Esmé (Ezmay). Names on our my list include:
Boys - Seth, Asa, Asher, Sebastian.
Girls - Lydia, Mila, Ailie, Arya
My list is ever expanding and changing so watching with interest.

Littlecherublegs Sun 21-Jul-13 11:44:47

Cordelia
Nina
Willow
Fearne
Nancy
Wren

Milo
Felix
Jasper
Fraser
Xander
Quentin

LadyKooKoo Sun 21-Jul-13 22:55:30

I would suggest Ficidy that you post the names of your DC on here so judgement can be passed before you are so rude to an expectant Mother! On another note, Esmé is a French name for a boy and it is only in recent years that is has been used as a girls name too. Esme, however, is also the common abbreviation of the Spanish name Esmerelda.

Ficidy Mon 22-Jul-13 13:46:10

LadyKooKoo, I actually don't have any children yet, but am expecting my first and Esmé is on our list.

The OP mentioned nothing about her Esme (Esmee) being an abbreviation of Esmerelda, so that's got nothing to do with this thread. What she did essentially say is that that she has put her own pronunciation on the name Esme (which is meant to be spelt with an accent and pronounced accordingly).

Yes, there is a vast array of foreign names which have been anglicised (Aimée for example is one and some people pronounce this Amy, not Aim-A, as it should be), but that doesn't mean that it's the correct way to pronounce the name. It just really gets on my nerves when I hear names being said incorrectly.

Maybe this stems from the fact that I'm a language teacher and it therefore grates on me more than normal. I'm also Irish and find it very annoying when (Irish!) people mispronounce Irish-language names, like Cliodhna, for example. This should be pronounced Clee-on-a, but so many people say Clee-own-a, which is wrong.

I know, I should just get over it!

LadyKooKoo Mon 22-Jul-13 15:27:00

I am also Irish so am well aware of what it is like to have people pronounce my name wrong, I just choose not to be so obnoxious about it.

Ficidy Mon 22-Jul-13 15:36:45

Apologies for my badly phrased original post. I didn't mean to be obnoxious. I guess it was just frustrating for me to read about how the OP was pronouncing the name. Only a couple of weeks left. Pregnancy hormones sending me loopy.

NowPlayingZone Mon 22-Jul-13 21:58:17

mrspercypig has the perfect list for you.

I would also add
Fern

nutella81 Mon 22-Jul-13 22:22:17

Thanks all.

Ficidy - it's not my own pronounciation, it's about 50% of the GP's! (I also know 'Ezmees' in their 20s, so it's been around a while). People sometimes say it your way, but it doesn't really bother me...greater things in life to stress about. Good luck with your last few weeks.

toastedteacake Mon 22-Jul-13 22:46:47

Esme and...

Tess/ Tessa

Or

Jude

The Esme I know, (pronounced Ezmee) has a sister called Poppy and a brother called Ben.

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