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I have been pronouncing it Ez-May. Have also heard it pronounced Es-May or EES-may.<br><br>
It has a french origin and means loved.<br><br>
Fell in love with the name as a teenager when I read JD Salinger's For Esme With Love and Squalor. Hoping to use it if this little sprout turns out to be a girl. Just want to be sure I am not mispronouncing it!
 

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I would pronounce it Es-Mae.
 

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Wow -- there's a character in the <i>Series of Unfortunate Events</i> whose name is Esme Squalor. Daniel Handler must've been inspired by Salinger, I'm betting. Cool.
 

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Ez-may<br><br>
Though dh's dog (currently living with his ex... I'm the step-mom, lol) is called Esme and he pronounces it Ez-mah. He read it in that Salinger story and didn't realize the true pronunciation.<br><br>
I love the name, btw! Would have considered it for dd except for the whole dog thing. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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"Ez- meh" or "Ez-mee" here, because I'm spanish speaking and I usually find that short for "Esmerelda" (ez-meh-rehl-dah).<br><br>
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When I read the title I read "Pronounce Es-May Please!"
 

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when i read it, i see ez-may
 

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It's a fairly common name over here still (among ladies of a certain generation) and it's normally Esmee. The younger ones have a softer sound at the end, more of an Esmae.<br>
Gorgeous name though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/heartbeat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="heartbeat">
 

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Ez-may. I love that name! I love "To Esme, with Love and Squalor". The first sentence in the story is the most perfect English sentence ever written. I would love to name this baby Esme, but I don't think H will go for it.
 

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Es-mee. Beautiful, any way you pronounce it.
 

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Ez-may<br><br>
My cousin's first dd's name is Esme.
 

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My friend's name is Esme and we pronounce it Ez-mee. I love her name, it's so unique and beautiful.
 
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