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

Ismay Origin and Meaning

The name Ismay is a girl's name of French origin meaning "esteemed, beloved".

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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MaryKathryn Says:


I could definitely see this name rising in popularity in the future. It's unique and appeals to those who like classic, frilly girl names like Isabel/Esme

Haids1987 Says:


That's what I came here to say too. When I read this name the only reason I clicked on it to see if it was listed as his namesake.

Lena_Aline Says:


I'm not positive, but I think the spelling "Ismay" is far older than Esme, definitely not a unique spelling.

giraffe019 Says:


Same here. I am always going to associate it with J Bruce Ismay, and I'm sure other people would too. It would seem a shame to name someone this as he has such a bad reputation (rightly or wrongly).

SimoneKadele Says:


I assumed it's pronounced IZ-may. I don't have any information on the pronunciation, but that doesn't sound too much like dis-MAY.

SimoneKadele Says:


I really like this, even though it isn't my usual style. Kind of a mash-up between Isabelle and Esme. I don't particularly like either, but I love Ismay! I have been pronouncing it IZ-may.

Zelliew Says:


It dismays me

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


No no no. It looks like a yooneek spelling of Esme.

alyssum Says:


Ugh. I just can't. I'm too much of a Titanic geek.

minisia Says:


It's a nice name, but then I remind myself to add a "d" at the beginning. I'd go with Esme.

emilybrianna Says:


I think it's pretty, although it sort of sounds like Pig Latin!

geeknamezyo Says:


One of my absolute favorites. I love how happy it feels.