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Gender: F Pronunciation: Ez-may Meaning of Esme: "esteemed, beloved; emerald" Origin of Esme: French; Persian Esme's Popularity in 2013: #929

Esmé is a sophisticated, distinctive, and charming J. D. Salinger name, from his classic 1950 story For Esmé, With Love and Squalor. Related to the French Aimee, which means beloved, and to the concept of esteem, it was originally a male name exported from France to Scotland via a member of the royal family.

A current favorite among celebs, including Samantha Morton, Michael J. Fox and Katey Sagal, Esme got a lot of publicity via the character Esme Cullen, the vampire matriarch of the Olympic Coven in the Twilight Saga.

The final accent indicates the pronunciation of ez-may, though in English you can just spell it Esme.

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Famous People Named Esme

Esme Rosemary Irwin, English cricketer
Esme Langley, English writer
Esme Mackinnon, Scottish Olympic skier
Esme Grace Melville, Australian actress
Esme Irene Tombleson, New Zealand politician
Esme Bianco, English actress, model and performer
Esme Patterson, lead singer of American indie rock band Paper Bird
Esme Jane Gardner, one of the American Gardner quadruplets
Emma Eleonora "Esme" Wiegman-van Meppelen Scheppink, Dutch MP
Esme Annabelle Fox, daughter of actor Michael J. Fox
Esme Creed-Miles, daughter of actor Samantha Morton
Esme Edwards, daughter of actor Anthony Edwards
Esme Louise Sutter, daughter of actors Kurt Sutter and Katey Sagal

Pop Culture References for the Name Esme

NOTE: Esme is not a Persian name, but the Persian word meaning "name"
Esme Watson aka Miss Watson, character on Australian TV's "A Country Practice"
Esme, precocious, hopeful main character in "For Esme with Love and Squalor," 1950 short story by J. D. Salinger
Esme Cullen, vampire mother in the Twilight Saga
Esme Amarinth, male character modeled on Oscar Wilde in "The Green Carnation" (1894)
Esme Squalor, villain in Lemony Snicket's "Series of Unfortunate Events"
Esme Rockett, character in "Sister Mischief" by Laura Goode
Esme, character in The Recognitions by William Gaddis
Esme Murray, character on TV's "Hamish Macbeth"
Esme Carter Taylor, a character in L.M. Montgomery's "Anne of Windy Poplars"
Esme, ghost on animated series "Dani's Castle"
Esme Cuckoo, mutant in X-Men comics; quintuplet of Celeste, Irma "Mindee," Phoebe and Sophie Cuckoo
Esme Vanderheusen, character on American soap "Passions"
Granny Esme Weatherwax, witch in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series