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Hope

First Name
87k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
18k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meanings and Origins

What does the name Hope mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Hope

"Hope" is a name of English origin, and it means "Desire of Fulfillment". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Hope
Senses
  1. A sloping plain between mountain ridges.(Obs)
  2. A small bay; an inlet; a haven.(Scot)

Etymology: Cf. Icel. hōp a small bay or inlet

noun Hope
Senses
  1. A desire of some good, accompanied with an expectation of obtaining it, or a belief that it is obtainable; an expectation of something which is thought to be desirable; confidence; pleasing expectancy."The hypocrite's hope shall perish." [Job vii. 13.]"He wished, but not with hope." [Milton.]"New thoughts of God, new hopes of Heaven." [Keble.]
  2. One who, or that which, gives hope, furnishes ground of expectation, or promises desired good."The Lord will be the hope of his people." [Joel iii. 16.]"A young gentleman of great hopes, whose love of learning was highly commendable." [Macaulay.]
  3. That which is hoped for; an object of hope."Lavina is thine elder brother's hope." [Shak.]

Etymology: AS., akin to D. hoop hope, Sw. hopp, Dan. haab, MHG. hoffe. Hope in forlorn hope is different word. See Forlorn hope, under Forlorn

verb Hope
Senses
  1. To entertain or indulge hope; to cherish a desire of good, or of something welcome, with expectation of obtaining it or belief that it is obtainable; to expect; -- usually followed by for." Hopefor good success." [Jer. Taylor.]"But I will hope continually." [Ps. lxxi. 14.]
  2. To place confidence; to trust with confident expectation of good; -- usually followed by in."I hopein thy word." [Ps. cxix. 81.]"Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? Hope thou in God." [Ps. xlii. 11.]

Etymology: AS. hopian; akin to D. hopen, Sw. hoppan, Dan. haabe, G. hoffen. See 2nd Hope

verb Hope
Senses
  1. To desire with expectation or with belief in the possibility or prospect of obtaining; to look forward to as a thing desirable, with the expectation of obtaining it; to cherish hopes of."We hope no other from your majesty." [Shak.]"Charity hopeth all things." [1 Cor. xiii. 7.]
  2. To expect; to fear.(Obs)"I hopehe will be dead." [Chaucer.]

Note: Hope is often used colloquially regarding uncertainties, with no reference to the future. “I hope she takes me to be flesh and blood.”

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. One of the three Christian virtues
  2. Grounds for feeling hopeful about the future
  3. A specific instance of feeling hopeful ("it revived their hope of winning the pennant")
  4. The general feeling that some desire will be fulfilled ("in spite of his troubles he never gave up hope")
  5. Someone (or something) on which expectations are centered ("he was their best hope for a victory")
  6. United States comedian (born in England) who appeared in films with Bing Crosby (1903-2003)
  7. Intend with some possibility of fulfilment ("I hope to have finished this work by tomorrow evening")
  8. Be optimistic; be full of hope; have hopes
  9. Expect and wish ("I hope she understands that she cannot expect a raise")
Wiktionary
  1. A female given name from the virtue, like Faith and Charity first used by Puritans.
  2. An English and Scottish topographic surname​ for someone who lived in a hop, a small enclosed valley.
  3. (rare) A male given name.
  4. A place name, including:
    1. A town in Arkansas.
    2. A town in British Columbia.
    3. A village in Derbyshire, England.
    4. A village in Flintshire, Wales.
    5. A settlement in Nelson district, New Zealand.

Notable Persons Named Hope

Hope Solo is a soccer player for the Seattle Reign FC, Richland High School (Washington), Washington Huskies, Philadelphia Charge, Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC, Olympique Lyonnais (Ladies), Saint Louis Athletica, Atlanta Beat (WPS), MagicJack (WPS), Seattle Sounders Women, and United States women. Hope was born on July 30th, 1981 in Richland, Washington, United States.

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Hope Sandoval is a dream pop, psychedelic music, alternative rock, and folk rock musician. She plays Harmonica, Percussion instrument, Glockenspiel, Guitar, Keyboard instrument, Headless tambourine, and Vocals. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1986 to present. Hope was born on June 24th, 1966 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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Liza Soberano is an actress, model, actor, and model (people). Her most notable accomplishments were from 2011 to present. Liza was given the name Hope Elizabeth Soberano on January 4th, 1998 in Santa Clara, California, United States.

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Hope Davis is an actress and singer. Hope was born on March 23rd, 1964 in Englewood, New Jersey, U.S.

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Hope Summers is a notable person. She holds the title Generation Hope.

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Hope Lange was an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1942 to 1998. Hope was given the name Hope Elise Ross Lange on November 28th, 1933 in Redding, Connecticut, U.S. She passed away on December 19th, 2003.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Hope

Bob Hope was an actor, comedian, singer, author, athlete, stand-up comedy, and singing. His ongoing career started in 1919. Bob was given the name Leslie Townes Hope on May 29th, 1903 in Eltham. Bob is also known as Packy East. He died on July 27th, 2003.

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Charlotte Hope is an important individual.

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Leslie Hope is an actress. She was most prominent from 1981 to present. Leslie was given the name Leslie Ann Hope on May 6th, 1965 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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Hope is a comics character.

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Dolores Hope was a singer, philanthropist, and philanthropy. Her career lasted from 1929 to 2011. Dolores was given the name Dolores L. DeFina on May 27th, 1909 in New York City. She left this life on September 19th, 2011.

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David Kaye is a voice actor/announcer. He has been prominent since 1988. David was given the name David V. Hope on October 14th, 1964 in Peterborough, Ontario.

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How popular is the baby name Hope in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 15 9 6
1881 7 7 0
1882 6 6 0
1883 17 17 0
1884 14 14 0
1885 20 20 0
1886 15 15 0
1887 16 16 0
1888 6 6 0
1889 18 18 0
1890 26 26 0
1891 26 26 0
1892 22 22 0
1893 35 35 0
1894 35 35 0
1895 39 39 0
1896 30 30 0
1897 29 29 0
1898 33 33 0
1899 18 18 0
1900 35 35 0
1901 31 31 0
1902 37 32 5
1903 47 47 0
1904 49 49 0
1905 36 36 0
1906 56 51 5
1907 49 49 0
1908 38 38 0
1909 61 61 0
1910 62 62 0
1911 73 67 6
1912 104 94 10
1913 113 104 9
1914 124 124 0
1915 220 210 10
1916 271 262 9
1917 304 295 9
1918 382 369 13
1919 345 333 12
1920 367 349 18
1921 379 361 18
1922 387 371 16
1923 380 368 12
1924 418 407 11
1925 353 339 14
1926 319 311 8
1927 346 338 8
1928 284 279 5
1929 253 253 0
1930 246 240 6
1931 201 193 8
1932 204 195 9
1933 207 207 0
1934 187 187 0
1935 171 162 9
1936 206 201 5
1937 234 227 7
1938 256 251 5
1939 228 223 5
1940 219 213 6
1941 241 233 8
1942 321 315 6
1943 303 295 8
1944 218 218 0
1945 215 215 0
1946 404 404 0
1947 413 405 8
1948 343 335 8
1949 382 376 6
1950 474 474 0
1951 473 468 5
1952 444 444 0
1953 456 456 0
1954 485 485 0
1955 551 551 0
1956 545 545 0
1957 443 443 0
1958 578 578 0
1959 563 563 0
1960 570 570 0
1961 512 512 0
1962 499 499 0
1963 587 587 0
1964 1,277 1,277 0
1965 1,158 1,153 5
1966 1,365 1,359 6
1967 972 967 5
1968 837 832 5
1969 990 980 10
1970 994 987 7
1971 1,464 1,455 9
1972 1,303 1,295 8
1973 951 951 0
1974 1,299 1,299 0
1975 1,214 1,208 6
1976 1,157 1,151 6
1977 1,027 1,019 8
1978 875 866 9
1979 793 786 7
1980 786 781 5
1981 651 651 0
1982 557 557 0
1983 510 503 7
1984 811 811 0
1985 909 909 0
1986 909 909 0
1987 808 808 0
1988 824 824 0
1989 877 872 5
1990 1,055 1,055 0
1991 1,052 1,052 0
1992 892 892 0
1993 955 955 0
1994 1,229 1,224 5
1995 1,533 1,527 6
1996 1,611 1,611 0
1997 1,770 1,770 0
1998 1,956 1,951 5
1999 2,269 2,263 6
2000 2,326 2,321 5
2001 2,179 2,179 0
2002 2,053 2,053 0
2003 1,906 1,897 9
2004 1,927 1,911 16
2005 1,893 1,887 6
2006 1,774 1,774 0
2007 1,683 1,683 0
2008 1,536 1,531 5
2009 1,433 1,428 5
2010 1,309 1,309 0
2011 1,388 1,388 0
2012 1,452 1,452 0
2013 1,386 1,386 0
2014 1,432 1,432 0
2015 1,438 1,433 5
2016 1,331 1,324 7

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Popularity of Hope as a first name

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Popularity of Hope as a last name

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Common last names for Hope

  • Smith
  • Brown
  • Williams
  • Miller
  • Davis
  • Jones
  • Anderson
  • Martin
  • Moore
  • White
  • Wilson
  • Thompson
  • Harris
  • Taylor
  • Nelson

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Hope U.S.
  White 69.97% 64.26%
  African American 23.73% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.73% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.72% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.19% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.66% 16.26%

Of Last Name Hope

People with the last name Hope are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Hope

  • How Popular is the name Hope? Hope is the 702nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Hope was the 2,052nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Hope have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 86,815 babies born with the first name Hope in the United States. That's more than enough people named Hope to occupy the country of Antigua and Barbuda with an estimated population of 86,295 (as of May 27, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Hope? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 15 new born babies.
  • When was Hope first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Hope is Wednesday, March 30th, 1870.
  • What year had the most people named Hope born? The highest recorded use of the first name Hope was in 2000 with a total of 2,321 babies. That's a lot of babies named Hope!
  • Random Hope Factoid: According to the 1912 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Hope ranks 57th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Rhode Island. Imagine that, 11 babies in Rhode Island have the same name as you in 1912.
  • Weird things about the name Hope: Your name in reverse order is Epoh. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Poeh. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Hope? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 17,562 people with the last name Hope.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Hope? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 6 of them will have Hope as their last name.

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.