Gender: Feminine
Origin: English
(EE-zeh-MAY); (iz-MAY); (IZ-mee)

The name is of uncertain meaning but was first recorded in England around the 13th century and was found in various incarnations such as Ysemay, Ismay, and Isamaya. Though it has been speculated that the name is derived from the old French Esmee (esteemed) or the Ancient Greek Ismene, its most likely origin is from a Germanic name Ismagi(n) meaning “iron-strength.” The name completely fell out of usage at the end of the middle ages.

This rare gem might appeal to those who love Isabelle or Isabella, but just find it a tad bit too popular. Perhaps there is an Isabella/Isabelle and May you want to honour in the family, this name might be just what you are looking for.