Possible variation of Esme
"esteemed, beloved"

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.

Ismay Popularity

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Famous People Named Ismay

  • Ismay JohnstonNew Zealand actress
  • Ismay Thornpen name of English children's author Edith Caroline Pollock
  • Thomas Henry IsmayEnglish founder of the White Star Line
  • Joseph Bruce IsmayEnglish managing director of the White Star Line when the Titanic sank; survived the sinking
  • Hastings Lionel Ismay1st Baron Ismay, British Indian Army officer and diplomat

Ismay in Pop Culture

  • Ismay Meadecharacter in a short story by L. M. Montgomery
  • Ismay Sealandcharacter in The Water's Lovely by Ruth Rendell
  • Ismae Rienneprotagonist in "Grave Mercy" (His Fair Assassin Trilogy)