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What does Esme mean?

Esme Pronunciation of 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".



VARIANTS Edme, Esma, Esmae, Esmay, Esmee, Isme

RELATIONS VIA AMY, ESMERALDA Aimee, Aimie, Aimy, Ame, Amee, Ami, Amie, Ammie, Amye, Aymee, Aymi, Em, Emmie, Esmie, Ezzie




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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 #556 in the U.S. in 2018. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

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?

Prominent alternative forms of Esme (#556 IN 2018) are Aimee (#1224), Amee, Ami, Amie, Ammie, Amy (#205), Emmie (#598), Esma, Esmae (#1616) and Esmeralda (#377). Other variants, like Ezzie, are seldom used. These forms of Esme were popular with parents during the years 1970-1979 (MEDIAN #1171) and are now much less common (#1325, 88.9%). Amy is the all-time favorite, although Emmie appears to be becoming a favorite too, while forms such as Aimee 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, Esmae, 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 sound-alike 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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