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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?

purplehighheels Sat 08-Aug-09 23:12:12

My 4 yr old is named Esme and we pronounce it Es-me. I don't know of any others, so not too popular.

mopsyflopsy Sun 09-Aug-09 08:55:55

Hard to describe the -mée part as it is not a sound found in English. I guess like -may bit without the 'y' at the ending. Not sure if I explained that well grin.

juuule Sun 09-Aug-09 09:24:17

I think you mean the 'meh' sound.
That's how we pronounce it, too.

juuule Sun 09-Aug-09 09:25:17

Think in phonics it's short 'e'.

PuppyMonkey Sun 09-Aug-09 10:37:48

Pronouncing it Esmay always makes me think of Des'ree that singer. Or is it Des'nee??? Oh I dunno, anyway I don't like it.

On another thread about the name Esme, some very learned person cam long and said all this stuff about French accents etc was a load of poo anyway. The name Esmee with accents does not actually get used over there at all.

But I dunno... is there a French person here who can confirm if it is a much used name over there? I know it was very common in Scotland at one time. For a boy!

DaisymooSteiner Sun 09-Aug-09 10:40:55

I would pronounce it Es-may, but that's because I used to like that really dire Australian soap 'A Country Practice' when I was a teenager and that's how they pronounced it blush

annasmami Sun 09-Aug-09 21:10:22

Please note that in France people would assume René and Esmé were boys and Renée and Esmée were girls.

cthea Sun 09-Aug-09 21:15:03

I'd say it Es-meh. I've only met 2 girls (both under 2) and I can't remember how their mums pr. it (but not like I would).

Alishanty Mon 10-Aug-09 21:29:08

I have an Esme and we pronounce it Es-mee. She sometimes gets Ezmay but I didn't know people pronounced it that way. I have always thought it was Esmee after my gran saying she had a friend at school with that name so I thought that was the 'old' way and Ezmay is a modern take on the name.

PuppyMonkey Tue 11-Aug-09 12:23:00

Nah, Esmay is just people pronouncing it wrong Ali. wink

lotspot Tue 11-Aug-09 12:31:41

There are two at our Brownie pack - both are Es-me

Enna1234 Wed 12-May-10 15:09:11

My daughter is called Esme and we have always pronounce it Es may, I think it is the same as Andre and names like that, no accent over the final e but still pronounced ay

crumpette Wed 12-May-10 15:42:34

Es-mee (with an accent) i.e. more like Es-may

StrictlyTory Thu 13-May-10 12:09:12

Ez-Mee, can't stand Es-May!

gemcgem Fri 14-May-10 11:25:35

i liked esme but i like it es-may an after months of back an forward about spelling an pronunication we decided on it as a middle name spelt esmae .

ShowOfHands Fri 14-May-10 11:27:53

Stop bumping Esme threads.

This instant.

Hedwig3 Fri 14-May-10 11:46:22

Nice name but don't you find needing to have this sort of discussion puts you off?

tammy234 Fri 14-May-10 12:52:46

I think Esmee sounds nice in French (Es-meh), but both Es-may and Es-mee sounds wrong to my ears.

SuzanneIBCLC Fri 05-Oct-12 11:23:21

My Esme is 15 and def is called Esme not may.

MoonHare Fri 05-Oct-12 13:29:42

It's interesting to see this bumped thread.

We're considering Esme for DC3 due soon. I did some research that suggested the correct pn is Ez-may with the accent over the last e, from the French. It was a unisex name in France but has been regarded as female for many years now.

I much prefer the sound Ez-may to Ez-mee.

olliesmum234 Fri 05-Oct-12 13:31:26

Wasn't Esme the boys version and Esmee the female one?

Badgerina Fri 05-Oct-12 20:43:06

Ez-mee - lovely grin

TribbleTuckandDismount Fri 05-Oct-12 20:55:40

Es-may, not sure why.

Teamthrills Sat 06-Oct-12 19:29:11

I know one Esme - she's my dd & we pronounce it Es-me.

SomersetONeil Sat 06-Oct-12 20:18:17

I never even realised people pronounced it Es-me until I came on MN. To me it's Es-may.

How the Es-me pronouncers pronounce Renée, out of interest? And paté? Do they really say Ren-ee and pat-ee?! grin

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