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Esme, Esmé, Esmée?

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LizzyMargaret Sun 01-Dec-19 11:20:02

Last one from me for a while guys as I feel like I’ve posted loads this week! I’m trying to make things a bit clearer in order to reduce our list.

Which spelling would you use? I’ve read the name is much like René and Renée so the feminine spelling is Esmée. We’d want the Ehz-May/Meh pronunciation too which the é determines? Very confused by the differing opinions I’ve read in my searches hence why I’ve made my own lol. WDYT?

Thanks for all your help by the way.

Igotitfromajumblesale Sun 01-Dec-19 18:34:01

I've never come across the name with a double E or being used for a male (in UK) so I honestly wouldn't worry about the feminine/masculine thing assuming you like in the UK

I prefer it with a single E with or without the accent I would pronounce it Ez-may and think it's a lovely name!

Basilicaofthemind Sun 01-Dec-19 18:53:33

As far as I know Esme of any spelling is not really a French name so you can do what you want with it. It’s an old fashioned female name historically used more often in the north and Scotland with the Esme spelling and Esmeee pronunciation.

Mammabear111 Sun 01-Dec-19 18:55:35

Love the name I want to call my baby if a girl renesmae

Katfood Sun 01-Dec-19 18:58:56

Esmé comes from the past participle of the Old French verb esmer, meaing “to esteem” or “to love.” Esmé is traditionally a masculine name, as in its original bearer, Esmé Stewart, 1st Duke of Lennox, and Esmée, with the same pronunciation, is the feminine form.

Lobsterquadrille2 Sun 01-Dec-19 19:00:43

I know a few, all spelled Esme. All pronounced Ez-mee apart from one Ez-may. All known as Ez.

Grobagsforever Sun 01-Dec-19 19:36:57

@LizzyMargaret I have an Esmerelda, who was going to nn Ez-mee. She's ended up an Essy though. When she's older she can be Esme, Ez-mai, Mel, Zelda etc.

So may I humbly recommend the far superior Esmerelda and then you don't need to worry about the spelling of the shortened version.

LizzyMargaret Sun 01-Dec-19 19:43:31

@Grobagsforever Esmeralda is adorable but we have an Aurora. I think we’d be falsely presenting as huge Disney fanatics if lol.

Grobagsforever Sun 01-Dec-19 22:07:06

Oh wow that is true @LizzyMargaret grinAlthough my Esmerelda is spelt with an 'e' not an 'a' which makes her named for Granny Weathereax in the Terry Prachett books, not Victor Hugo's tragic heroine.

Astronica Sun 01-Dec-19 23:15:33

Esme is the easiest and most expected way to spell it. I pronounce all the spellings the same way - Ez-may. I see that in certain areas of the UK it is usually pronounced Ez-mee, but most places, and overseas English speaking countries, it is Ez-may.

Katfood Mon 02-Dec-19 08:00:09

But spelling it Esme makes the pronunciation ambiguous! I'd probably pronounce it Es me in English or Es meh in German.

Esmée, on the other hand, will be pronounced the French way, Es mé. Anywhere in the world!

Katfood Mon 02-Dec-19 08:01:01

but most places, and overseas English speaking countries, it is Ez-may.

And not English speaking places.

Batmanandrobin123 Mon 02-Dec-19 19:33:57

Esme, no accent or Esmé. People will mispronounce occasionally and then get it right after, not a big deal. It's a beautiful name.

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