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What does Esme mean?

Esme Pronunciation of Esme [esme] 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".

Associated with: modern.


Esme has 6 variants: Edme, Esma, Esmae, Esmay, Esmee and Isme.

15 more relations via Amy, Esmeralda: Aimee, Aimie, Aimy, Ame, Amee, Ami, Amie, Ammie, Amye, Aymee, Aymi, Em, Emmie, Esmie and Ezzie.

1 masculine form: Aime.

Creative forms:
(female) Eime, Esmer, ..

(male) Esmeia, Esmo, ..

Middle name pairings:
Esme Eva (E.E.), ..

How popular is Esme?

Esme is a rare first name for females. Esme is an equivalently unique surname too for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Esme entered the list in 2006 and reached its apex rank of #682 in the U.S. in 2015. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Esme name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Esme outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Prominent alternative forms of Esme (#682 in 2015) are Aimee (#914 in 2015), Amee, Ami, Amie, Ammie, Amy (#158), Emmie (#1074), Esma and Esmeralda (#369). Other variants, like Ezzie, are seldom used. These forms of Esme were popular with parents during the years 1970-1979 (median #1088) and are now much less common (#1319, 92.7%). Amy is the all-time favorite, although Esme appears to be becoming a favorite too, while forms such as Esmeralda are now somewhat dated.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Esme, Aimee, Amee, Ami, Amie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ammie, Amy, Emmie, Esma, Esmeralda in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Esme, Aimee, Amy outside U.S.

Similar Names

Esme is pronounced similarly to Asma, Osma and Ozma. Other recommended names are Aime, Cosme, Desme, Ebbe, Ede, Edee, Edie, Edma, Edmea, Edmee, Eike, Eimer, Eire, Elbe, Elke, Elle, Elma, Else, Elsee, Elshe, Elsie, Ema, Emer, Emma, Emme, Emmet, Emmey, Emmi, Emmy, Emmye, Erma, Ess, Essie, Essy, Esta, Estee, Estel, Ester, Eve, Evie, Eyde and Mame. These names tend to be more frequently used than Esme.

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