Esmé Gigi Geniveve Squalor is a minor character in the darkly comic A Series of Unfortunate Events books by Lemony Snicket (real name: Daniel Handler). She’s a financial advisor (the city’s “sixth-most-important”). She’s also obsessed with always doing the “in” thing.
Her name was inspired by the J. D. Salinger story “For Esmé with Love and Squalor,” originally published in The New Yorker in 1950. In fact, many characters in the Unfortunate Events series have names that allude to either literature or real people. (Thanks to Novac at Smarmy Carny for letting me know about this!)
The name Esmé means “esteemed” or “loved” in Old French.