Esmé, Esmée

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Esmé(e) comes from Old French meaning “esteemed, beloved”. It was originally a masculine name which seems to have first been used by Scottish noble Esmé Stewart, Duke of Lennox (1542-1583) whose mother was French. It has sometimes been confused with French Aimé(e) meaning “to love, like”. Although Esmé was originally used as a male name, with Esmée its feminine form, it has become common as a female name as well. Esme can also be used as a nickname for Esmeralda which comes from Spanish and Portuguese meaning “emerald”.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

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Variants:

  • Esme (English)
  • Esmee (English)
  • Esmae (English)
  • Ismay (English)

 

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