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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?

mathanxiety Tue 13-May-14 04:32:31

Ez-may. And spelled with an accent. I never heard it pronounced any other way tbh.

BaconAndAvocado Mon 12-May-14 21:16:57

I used to teach a little girl called Ysmay, which you pronounced Iz-May.


TheHorseHasBolted Sun 11-May-14 11:40:31

Es-me unless it's written with an acute accent over the e.

Alisvolatpropiis Tue 06-May-14 22:07:33


soontobeslendergirl Tue 06-May-14 18:14:55

I'm in Scotland and the first one I met was a very posh older lady and she pronounced it Is-meh/may

Soleil3 Tue 06-May-14 09:51:19

What version is used - male or female - is decided by the person speaking the word or name, not the actual bearer of the name.

Soleil3 Tue 06-May-14 09:49:41

The female version in France is only used if the person speaking the name is a female, it has nothing to do with the bearer of the name and is the name with all French conjugations. Same with male versions

Tryingtothinkofnewsnazzyname Sat 06-Oct-12 20:29:38

Es-may. Haven't ever met one that was Es-me (although there seem to be lots on here!

Natnat29 Sat 06-Oct-12 20:28:02

Es-may we were going to use it as a middle name but it's getting used a lot at the minute where I live

NimChimpsky Sat 06-Oct-12 20:24:31

Is there a law that Esme threads have to be bumped once a year? I've already contributed to this thread twice. Now three times. In three different namechanges. I need to come up with something new to say about Esme.

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

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

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

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

Es-may, not sure why.

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

Ez-mee - lovely grin

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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?

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

Stop bumping Esme threads.

This instant.

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 .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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