Esme Origin and Meaning

The name Esme is a girl's name of French, Persian origin meaning "beloved".

Esmé comes from the past participle of the Old French verb esmer, meaing "to esteem" or "to love." It can also be considered a derivative of the Spanish name Esmeralda, which means "emerald".

Esmé began life as a masculine name, as in its original bearer, Esmé Stewart,1st Duke of Lennox, and Esmée, with the same pronunciation, was the feminine form. Today both spellings are used as feminine given names, along with Anglicizations including Esmay and Esmae.

Esmé is a sweet, sophisticated and charming literary name, from J. D. Salinger's classic 1950 story For Esmé, With Love and Squalor. Esme is also one of the most stylish baby names that mean love.

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. Esme has long been more popular across the pond in the UK, where it currently makes the Top 50 baby girl names.

The final accent indicates the pronunciation of ez-may, though in English you can just spell it Esme. Whatever the spelling, Esme is one of the fastest-rising girl names starting with E.

# 325 in the US

Esme Rank in US Top 1000

# 22 on Nameberry

Esme Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Esme Popularity

Famous People Named Esme

  • Esme Rosemary IrwinEnglish cricketer
  • Esme LangleyEnglish writer
  • Esme MackinnonScottish Olympic skier
  • Esme Grace MelvilleAustralian actress
  • Esme Irene TomblesonNew Zealand politician
  • Esme BiancoEnglish actress, model and performer
  • Esme Pattersonlead singer of American band Paper Bird
  • Esme Jane GardnerAmerican Gardner quadruplet
  • Esme Scarboroughdaughter of actor Adrian Scarborough
  • Esme Perrygrove (1991)daughter of Ian Dickson
  • Esme Edwards (1997)daughter of actor Anthony Edwards
  • Esme CreedMiles (2000), daughter of Samantha Morton
  • Esme Annabelle Fox (2001)daughter of Michael J. Fox
  • Esme Norton (2004)daughter of Shelley Miranda Barrett and Richard Norton
  • Esme Louise Sutter (2007)daughter of Kurt Sutter & Katey Sagal
  • Esme Regan (b. 2007)daughter of actors Vincent Regan and Amelia Curtis
  • Esme Stephenson (b. 2008)daughter of actress Nicola Stephenson
  • Esme Marlena Jones (b. 2008)daughter of actors Alicia Coppola and Anthony Michael Jones
  • Esme Bibi Ayoade (b. 2009)daughter of Lydia Fox & Richard Ayoade
  • Esme Alexa Ingham (b.2009)Youtuber
  • Esme Eccleston (b. 2013)son of Christopher Eccleston
  • Esme Olivia Olsen (2016)daughter of Eric Christian Olsen & Sarah Wright Olsen

Esme in Pop Culture

  • Esme Watsonfrom Australian TV's "A Country Practice"
  • Esme"For Esme with Love and Squalor," by J. D. Salinger
  • Esme Cullenvampire mother in the Twilight Saga
  • Esme Amarinthmale character in "The Green Carnation"
  • Esme Gigi Genevieve Squalorantagonist in Lemony Snicket's "A Series of Unfortunate Events"
  • Esme Rockettcharacter in "Sister Mischief" by Laura Goode
  • Esmecharacter in The Recognitions by William Gaddis
  • Esme Murraycharacter on TV's "Hamish Macbeth"
  • Esme Carter Taylorfrom "Anne of Windy Poplars"
  • Esmeghost on children's television series "Dani's Castle"
  • Esme Cuckoomutant in X,Men comics
  • Esme Songa character in Degrassi: Next Class
  • Esme Vanderheusencharacter on American soap "Passions"
  • Esme Weatherwaxwitch in Terry Pratchett's "Discworld"
  • Esme Castillocharacter in "The Dollhouse" by Fiona Davis
  • Esme Shelby (nĂ©e Lee)character from Peaky Blinders
  • Esme Frostcharacter in the TV show "The Gifted"

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