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?

CrowsLanding Thu 09-May-13 17:45:31

I would pronounce it es may smile

blibblibs Thu 09-May-13 17:46:11

I've always thought it was Es-may.

superbagpuss Thu 09-May-13 17:46:44

I'm in the es-me camp, sorry

Marrow Thu 09-May-13 17:47:52

Es me for me too I'm afraid.

ShatnersBassoon Thu 09-May-13 17:50:01

Es-me. I think Es-may sounds a bit Hyacinth Bucket.

FortyFacedFuckers Thu 09-May-13 17:51:04

I love es may

Pancakeflipper Thu 09-May-13 17:52:05

Es may

humblebumble Thu 09-May-13 17:52:41

Es may

5madthings Thu 09-May-13 17:52:56

Es may smile it was on my list but dp didn't like it.

Wishiwasanheiress Thu 09-May-13 17:54:04

Es me.

As in es me again! Sorry, it will be a name used for jokes although is pretty

stickortwist Thu 09-May-13 17:54:05

es me for me too.... But i actually prefer me to may

Vatta Thu 09-May-13 17:54:24

Ez-may, with the emphasis on the Ez.

FoofFighter Thu 09-May-13 17:54:51

Ezz May

MummyBurrows Thu 09-May-13 17:57:44

I'm Es-Me have to put an accent line over the last E if you want it pronounced Es-May...I think that's right,I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong!

littlecloud Thu 09-May-13 17:59:38


chrisrobin Thu 09-May-13 18:00:14


FriedSprout Thu 09-May-13 18:01:25


Lovely when pronounced like this

hellymelly Thu 09-May-13 18:02:02

I've never heard es-me. Only Es-may. It has an accent on the last e for that reason doesn't it?

mumnosbest Thu 09-May-13 18:15:10

Es may. Never heard it pn ad es me. I think if you correct people enough they learn. DS has a name which you can pn 2 ways and its been fine. Now he corrects people himself

Chavvytastic Thu 09-May-13 18:19:30

Esme to me.

OscarIsABookworm Thu 09-May-13 19:01:22


Branleuse Thu 09-May-13 19:02:39


thegreylady Thu 09-May-13 19:02:47

Ez mee as far I know and I love it.I think it would need an accent on the final 'e' to be Esmay.

dimdommilpot Thu 09-May-13 19:15:28

My dd is es-may, though she calls herself 'me'. She is 2.6

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


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


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.

Ham69 Thu 09-May-13 21:11:00

I'm a southerner and my DD's Esme pronounced 'Ezmee'. Whoever said it's a 'joke' name must be 'hilarious'. Not heard that one and my DD's 4.

efffy Thu 09-May-13 22:05:24

My DD is an Es-me, we are in the West Country. There are a couple of others at school/clubs etc and they are all es-mes too. She's in juniors now and no-ones ever made a joke out of it either wink

chartreuse Thu 09-May-13 22:08:30

Es may, very pretty

BooCanary Thu 09-May-13 22:13:29

Ezmay to me.

3boysgirlontheway Fri 10-May-13 04:22:42

EzMay to me as well, have never met any pronounced the other way. All the Esme's in ireland (that I ever met or heard of) are EzMay.

daisydoodoo Fri 10-May-13 11:59:48

my Esme is a southerner and we have the ` over the last e.

Littlehousesomewhere Fri 10-May-13 12:02:03


BobblyGussets Fri 10-May-13 12:12:42

Es-may is far nicer than Ez-me, which I really don't like. I have a neice called the former and she has never been troubled in all of her 9 years by people calling her "Ezme". She is a pretty little girl, so I always think of the "Es-may" prononounciation as the pretty version, the other one less so.

Tickledyellow Fri 10-May-13 13:33:32

I know of two adult Esme and they both pronounce it Es- mee. I think the name is French and you would need an accent on last e for an es- may pronunciation. Have to say I love both ways of pronouncing it! Beautiful name and very nearly used it for DD

TwasBrillig Fri 10-May-13 21:39:55

It must be one of those names that opinion is divided on (depending what you grew up with?)

I'd certainly say Es-me was the "usual" name (southerner) and the pretty version. Haven't heard of Es-may before this thread, I'd think it would sound a bit odd to me.

Layl77 Fri 10-May-13 21:52:50

Only heard ez may here

MoonHare Fri 10-May-13 23:00:15

With an accent over last e it is pn Ez-may and as it is a French name this is the 'correct' pn.

However in the UK some people prefer to drop the accent and pn Ez-mee, historically this variation of the name was more commonly used in Scotland.

Personally I think the Ez-may pn is much nicer.

elah11 Fri 10-May-13 23:09:48

I have only ever heard the Ez may pn irl and then the Ez me pn on forums like this. Ez me is dreadful, sorry, I much prefer Ez may.

Alisvolatpropiis Sun 12-May-13 07:59:03

Es-may with a hard s.

SgtTJCalhoun Sun 12-May-13 08:02:49

It's one of my favourite girls names as Es me. I don't like it as Es May.

20wkbaby Sun 12-May-13 08:07:25

I am 40 and went to school with an Esme (esmay). Obviously it comes from the French so accent or not it is Esmay - there is no such name as Esmee unless you just copy all the people who can't pronounce it properly.

A bit like Holborn being pronounced Holl-born rather than Ho-burn just cos lots of people do it doesn't make it right.


chickensaladagain Sun 12-May-13 08:15:19

I've never heard of es-me

Sounds made up or a nickname

It's always been es-may and I don't think it's a north/south thing, just the correct way to pronounce it

BrienneOfTarth Sun 12-May-13 08:31:29

If you're worried, why not use a variant spelling - would "Esmae" escape being mispronounced?

JojoMags Sun 12-May-13 10:29:12

Thanks everyone. On balance there seem to be more 'Es-mays' than 'Es-mees'. Hurrah!

Shinyshoes1 Sun 12-May-13 10:30:07

I know an Esme

She pronounces it Ez May

deste Sun 12-May-13 21:57:15

My 87 year old neighbour is an Ez- may.

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