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Gender: Female Pronunciation: EZ-may Meaning of Esme: "esteemed, beloved; emerald" Origin of Esme: French; Persian Esme's Popularity in 2017: #585

The name Esme is a girl's name of French, Persian origin meaning "esteemed, beloved; emerald". Esme is ranked #585 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like British Girl Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Sibling Spelling Game".

From the experts:

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 boys’ 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. Whatever the spelling, Esme is one of the fastest-rising girl names starting with E.

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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 band Paper Bird
Esme Jane Gardner, American Gardner quadruplet
Esme Scarborough, daughter of actor Adrian Scarborough
Esme Perrygrove (1991), daughter of Ian Dickson
Esme Edwards (1997), daughter of actor Anthony Edwards
Esme Creed-Miles (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

Pop Culture References for the name Esme

Esme Watson, from Australian TV's "A Country Practice"
Esme, "For Esme with Love and Squalor," by J. D. Salinger
Esme Cullen, vampire mother in the Twilight Saga
Esme Amarinth, male character in "The Green Carnation"
Esme Gigi Genevieve Squalor, antagonist in the book series and Netflix series "A 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, from "Anne of Windy Poplars"
Esme, ghost on children's television series "Dani's Castle"
Esme Cuckoo, mutant in X-Men comics
Esme Song, a character in Degrassi: Next Class
Esme Vanderheusen, character on American soap "Passions"
Esme Weatherwax, witch in Terry Pratchett's "Discworld"
Esme Castillo, character in "The Dollhouse" by Fiona Davis
Esme Shelby (née Lee), character from Peaky Blinders