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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

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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 Irwin (1931 - 2001), English cricket player
Esme Langley (1919 - 1991), English writer
Esme Mackinnon (born 1913), Scottish skier
Esme Melville (1918 - 2006), Australian actress
Esme Tombleson (1917 - 2010), New Zealand politician
Esme Bianco (born 1982), English model and performer
Esme Patterson, folk-and-roll songstress and frontwoman of Denver-based folk roots and Americana band, Paper Bird
Esmee Denters, YouTube sensation and Dutch born American recording artist
Esme Jane Gardner- one fourth of the Gardner quads

Pop Culture References for the Name Esme

NOTE: Esme is not a Persian name, but the Persian word meaning "name"
Esme Watson ("Miss Watson"), a staple character in long-running Australia television series "A Country Practice"
Esme, the precocious, hopeful protagonist in "For Esme with Love and Squalor," the classic 1950 short story by J. D. Salinger
Esme Cullen, vampire mother in the "Twilight" series
Esme Amarinth, male character modeled on Oscar Wilde in "The Green Carnation" (1894)
Esme Squalor, a villain in the "Series of Unfortunate Events" book series
Esme Rockett, of the young adult novel "Sister Mischief"
Esme, a character in The Recognitions
Esme Murray, a character in the sitcom "Hamish Macbeth"
Esme Carter Taylor, a character in "Anne of Windy Poplars" from the "Anne of Green Gables" series
Esme, young ghost in the children's show on the cbbc "Dani's Castle"
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