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Esme or Esmé is a name (usually a first or given name) which may or may not be spelt with an accent on the "e". Although more commonly a feminine name there are examples of male Esmes.


The name possibly means "esteemed" or "loved" in Old French. Possibly originating from French root word 'aime' meaning like or love (as in j’aime).

Esme, could also originate from Esmeralda meaning "emerald" in Spanish. In 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' by Victor Hugo, Esmeralda is the Gypsy girl loved by Quasimodo.

Notable Esmes

* Sir Esme Tatton Cecil Brinton, (male), (1916 – 1985), a British Conservative member of Parliament for Kidderminster between 1964 and 1974.
* Esmé Raji Codell, (female), award-winning author, teacher, literacy and literature 'ambassador' []
* Esme Langley, (female), founder of the Minorities Research Group and Arena Three (magazine)
* The Esme Stewarts, (male), the name of a succession of Earls of Lennox
* Esme William Howard, (male), (1863-1939) 1st Baron Howard of Penrith, A British diplomat.
*Esmée Denters, Dutch musician, first became popular on YouTube.
* Esma Redžepova, Macedonian Roma singer who claims to be Queen of the Gypsies. Her CDs include "Queen of the Gypsies" (2002)(Time Square Records CDU # 3630900). She appears in the film "Gypsy Caravan: When The Road Bends" (2007) (Director; Jasmine Dellal) which also includes a brief appearance by Johnny Depp.
* Esmeé Xavier (female), a rising celebrity in the sport of pool at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
* Esme Escoto, (male), a young student, founder of The Emperor's New Organization

Fictional Esmes

* Esme Cuckoo, a member of the fictional mutant psychically-linked quintuplets in the Marvel Comics universe, Stepford Cuckoos.
* Esmé, the girl in J.D. Salinger's short story For Esmé with Love and Squalor.
* Esmé Squalor, Count Olaf's girlfriend and fellow villain in Lemony Snicket's "A Series of Unfortunate Events". One of the many literary references in the book, this time to the above referenced short story For Esme with Love and Squalor.
* Esme Cullen, a vampire and the adoptive mother of Edward Cullen in the "Twilight" series by Stephenie Meyer.
* Magda Szubanski plays the character of Esme Hoggett in the children's movie 'Babe'.
* Esmerelda "Esme" Weatherwax (usually called Granny Weatherwax) is a character from Terry Pratchett's Discworld series.
* Esme Murray was a character on the Scottish sitcom Hamish Macbeth.
* Esme Vanderheusen of "Passions"
* Esme was a character in "Whispering To Witches" a novel by Anna Dale
* Esme is the daughter of Max and Eleanor in Tom Stoppard's play Rock 'n' Roll.
* Esme Alexandria Alden is a character in Tara Janzen's 2008 novel, "Loose And Easy".
* Esme Leverton: A protagonist from The Black Tattoo, by Sam Enthoven


* Esmee Fairbairn Charitable TrustSee William Gaddis's "The Recognitions"Esme Lennox was the wrongly sectioned protagonist in Maggie O'Farrell's 'The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox'
* EsmeA post-hardcore band from Atlanta, GA.



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