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Pronunciation of Esme?

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dietcoketime69 Mon 28-Apr-14 20:51:59

Would you say Es - mee or Es - may?

Anyone with an Esme? Do you have to constantly correct people?

squoosh Mon 28-Apr-14 20:54:33

I would pronounce it ez-may. I think the may/mee pronunciations are both legitimate.

Nessalina Mon 28-Apr-14 20:55:28

I had a pal at school who was Esmé pronounced Ez-mee. Lovely name!
Not sure if it's the accent that instructed the pronunciation?

squoosh Mon 28-Apr-14 20:56:57

If the accent is used then the name should only be pronounced ez-may.

Bunbaker Mon 28-Apr-14 20:57:02

The only Esme I knew was Ez-mee (South London)

Clargo55 Mon 28-Apr-14 20:57:07

I also say Ez-may.

CrystalSkulls Mon 28-Apr-14 20:57:56

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Tiredemma Mon 28-Apr-14 20:58:31

I have an Esme (we pronounce it Ez-Mee)

Lots of people comment on what a beautiful name it is but I am finding that people tend to pronounce it Ez-May, unless corrected.

Breezy1985 Mon 28-Apr-14 21:13:37


Alisvolatpropiis Mon 28-Apr-14 21:20:38

Es-May. Well more Ez-may.

I did look slightly askance at the first person I heard say Ez-mee but as it was their daughter I thought it best to nod and smile.

I've since discovered it is actually a variant pronunciation but much like Clara pronounced Claire-a not Klara, I find it much less attractive.

AmysTiara Mon 28-Apr-14 21:47:02

Ez may

LaydeeC Mon 28-Apr-14 22:28:09

Es-mee - definitely

Appletini Tue 29-Apr-14 01:26:49


florascotia Wed 30-Apr-14 09:32:54

Ez-may was the original pronounciation, with an accent on the final e.
It's from an old French version of the verb 'esmer' (ez-may) = 'to esteem'.
And it was originally male.
First used in British Isles for one of Scottish King James VI's favourites, politician Esme Stewart (sorry, can't do accents on this machine).

Now in UK top 100 for girls and rising quite fast, from 202 in 2002 to 65 in 2012.

SixImpossible Wed 30-Apr-14 09:41:43

I've known four Esmes. All female, two my parents' generation and two my dcs' generation. Two, one older and one younger, pronounced it Ezmay; two, also one older and one younger, pronounced it Ezmee.

Curiously, the only Esmes I've come across in literature have all been male.

TheScience Wed 30-Apr-14 09:45:08

I would say Esmee and prefer that pronunciation. Maybe put the accent in if you definitely want Esmay.

OddBoots Wed 30-Apr-14 09:46:44

If I didn't have the chance to ask I would default to Ez-may.

WowserBowser Wed 30-Apr-14 09:47:12

I would always pronounce it ez may. Didn't even know you could pronounce it ez mee.

Waa Wed 30-Apr-14 09:48:00

I know two. One is Ez-May, the other is Ez-me.

OddBoots Wed 30-Apr-14 10:01:23

Actually, thinking about it, if I wan't sure I'd probably mumble the last syllable until I heard other people who know the person better say it.

splendide Wed 30-Apr-14 17:11:01

I know one , she's Ez-mee. I actually didn't know that it could be ez-may

JapaneseMargaret Fri 02-May-14 03:46:50

I'd never even heard of the Es-mee pronunciation until Mumsnet. I suspect that it's only in the UK where people would pronounce it this way.

I can't imagine Renee ever being pronounced Ren-ee.

Nandocushion Fri 02-May-14 05:15:13

The Es-mee thing is for anglophones. The name is Es-may, with an accent. DD is one, and we don't fuss about either pronunciation, but as we do use the accent it is obviously Es-may.

PrimalLass Fri 02-May-14 06:18:32

Ez-may. The other way just doesn't roll off the tongue.

CrackleAndPop Fri 02-May-14 06:30:07

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