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Would you pronounce Esme - Es-me or Es-may?

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Minicooper Sat 08-Aug-09 10:11:24

I know it depends on whether you use an accent, but just wondering. Think I prefer Es-me, but Es-may is prob the original pronunication. And how popular is it in your neck of the woods?

stripes200 Sat 08-Aug-09 10:18:06


I don't know any little ones called Esme.

Deemented Sat 08-Aug-09 10:20:48

I went to school wsith a girl called Esme, and it was always Es-me.

bronze Sat 08-Aug-09 10:24:02


don't know any. Know of a couple. Pretty name

edam Sat 08-Aug-09 10:27:53

Ez-mee - at least, that's how we always pronounced my cat's name. grin Vague memory that Ez-may is a Scottish pronunciation but could have that wrong.

There was a little girl of that name in nursery with ds.

KingRolo Sat 08-Aug-09 10:31:30


Tidey Sat 08-Aug-09 10:32:36

I've only ever known one person called it, but it was Es-me, she got rather fed up if people said Es-may.

GwarchodwrPlant Sat 08-Aug-09 10:38:12


Ondine Sat 08-Aug-09 11:30:20

I would always pronouce it as Es-me unless there is an accent i.e. Esmé or Esmée.

cece Sat 08-Aug-09 11:56:31

I have an Es-me, she quite often gets Esmay. She doesn't seem to mind as she says she quite likes it as well. I would add that when we named her no one had heard of it but where we live now there are quite a lot of Esmes and one Esmay. (All younger than mine I would add!)

JulesJules Sat 08-Aug-09 12:06:57

I know two - both Ez-may.

RedDeadFail Sat 08-Aug-09 12:09:42

Seen this thread on here a couple of times before. Opinion always divided with the general argument being that -me is the original. Prefer -may that said.

PuppyMonkey Sat 08-Aug-09 12:11:11

I have an Ez..mee. Definitely don't like Esmay and get cross if people pronounce it like that. But not many people do actually so that's all right! grin

She is two now and we have only ever met one other Esme. smile

juuule Sat 08-Aug-09 12:15:31

It's Ez-meh round here.

giraffesCanRunA10k Sat 08-Aug-09 12:16:11


happyjules Sat 08-Aug-09 15:55:05

Es-me. I have an aunt of that name, it's lovely.

Minicooper Sat 08-Aug-09 19:25:07

Thanks, everyone. Divided opinion, unsurprisingly, but we'd obviously get away with Es-me if we chose it. Obviously we'll have a boy now grin

Esmee Sat 08-Aug-09 21:04:33

I know one, and she's pronounced EZ-may.

SloogBoog Sat 08-Aug-09 21:15:04

My 3 year old is Esme (with an acute accent on final e - can't find it on this computer!) Therefore, it is pronounced Ez-may. It's usually pronounced Es-me without the accent. My daughter's named after the main character in a short story - For Esme with Love and Squalor by JD Salinger.

The accent version is originally French and came over, I believe. So I guess you can have either/or depending on whether you use the accent (took a while for my partner to come round to the poncey accent!!)

NotanOtter Sat 08-Aug-09 21:15:54

i say es may but most are es me

NotanOtter Sat 08-Aug-09 21:47:32

i think it should be thus Esmé not pretentious just makes it more easily pronouncable

mopsyflopsy Sat 08-Aug-09 21:48:22


Esmée (female version) should be pronounced like Renée (neither Es-mee nor Es-may, but Es-meh)

Esmé (like René) is the MALE version.

We English are of course free to pronounce and use these names in our own, made up way grin.

NotanOtter Sat 08-Aug-09 21:49:25

i seee

i dont get that meh sound though - what is it like?

greensnail Sat 08-Aug-09 21:51:33

I know two pronounced es-may, and one pronounced es-mee.
Apparently the Es-mee often gets es-may though

ReneRusso Sat 08-Aug-09 21:59:03

I know one Esme and for her its Es-mee. very nice name

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