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Gender: F Meaning of Ismay: "esteemed, beloved" Origin of Ismay: Possible variation of Esme

The rise of the the various Isabel names may give a boost to this variation, which has a sunny, springtime feel.

Although this name has been around since the thirteenth century, its origins remain obscure.

Ismay has appealed to several authors as a character name--Robertson Davies in his Cornish Trilogy, Ruth Rendell in The Water's Lovely, and Ken Follett in his World Without End.

Caveat: Could be confused with Esme.

Famous People Named Ismay

Joseph Bruce Ismay (1862-1937), English businessman and managing director of the White Star Line when the Titanic sunk. Was also aboard the Titanic when it sunk, but survived.

Pop Culture References for the name Ismay

Lord Ismay (1887-1965), British general & diplomat
Ismae Rienne, protagonist in "Grave Mercy" (His Fair Assassin Trilogy)
Ismay Meade, character in a short story by L. M. Montgomery