Meaning and Name Origin
Esme \e-sme, es-me\ as a girls' name (also used less widely as boys' name Esme) is pronounced EZ-may, es-MAY. It is of Old French origin, and the meaning of Esme is "esteemed; to love". Esmé is related to the more modern French form aimé, which is the root of Amy. Also used as a pet form of Esmeralda. Literary: JD Salinger's short story "For Esmé with Love and Squalor".
Esme has 39 more related variations via Amy, Esmeralda: Aimee▼, Aimie, Aimy, Amada, Amata, Ame, Amecia, Amee, Ami▼, Amia▲, Amiah, Amice, Amie▼, Amiee, Amil, Ammie, Amya▼, Amye, Aymee, Aymi, Em, Emerald▼, Emerant, Emeraude, Emmie▼, Esmaralda, Esmarelda, Esmaria, Esmerelda, Esmie, Esmiralda, Esmiralde, Esmirelda, Ezmeralda, Ezzie, Lala, Lolly, Marilda and Smeralda.
Esme has 1 masculine form: Aime.
Esme is a rare first name for females. Esme is an equivalently unique surname too for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the baby name popularity of Esme for girls. Esme entered the list in 2010 and reached its apex rank of #816 in the U.S. in 2014. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Below is a graphed comparison of the usage of the girl name Esme and associated names. Prominent alternative forms of Esme (#816 in 2014) are Aimee (#815 in 2014), Ami, Amia (#709), Amiah, Amie, Ammie, Amy (#148), Amya (#825), Emerald, Emmie, Esmeralda (#376) and Lala. These girl names were at the peak of their popularity during the years 1970-1979 and are somewhat less popular today, with versions like Ami, Amie, Amya, Emerald and Emmie becoming somewhat dated. Amia (#709), Amy (#148) and Esmeralda (#376) are three of the more trendy birth names here, with Amy undergoing a resurgence in popularity. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)