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

The name Ismay is a girl's name of French origin meaning "esteemed, beloved". Ismay and is often added to lists like Unique Baby Names: Unusual and rare and discussed in our forums with posts like "Quick Question Thread?!".

From the experts:

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.

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Famous People Named Ismay

Ismay Johnston, New Zealand actress
Ismay Thorn, pen name of English children's author Edith Caroline Pollock
Thomas Henry Ismay, English founder of the White Star Line
Joseph Bruce Ismay, English managing director of the White Star Line when the Titanic sank; survived the sinking
Hastings Lionel Ismay, 1st Baron Ismay, British Indian Army officer and diplomat

Pop Culture References for the name Ismay

Ismay Meade, character in a short story by L. M. Montgomery
Ismay Sealand, character in The Water's Lovely by Ruth Rendell
Ismae Rienne, protagonist in "Grave Mercy" (His Fair Assassin Trilogy)