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Hope is one of the most popular virtue names. First used as a given name in Puritan New England, Hope embodies an admirable trait similar to names like Faith, Patience, Constance, and Mercy. Hope Chance is the titular character of the show Raising Hope, and Hope Swan was a main character on Once Upon a Time. Keep reading to learn more about this classic baby name.

Meaning of the name Hope:

English: Positive expectation or belief

Origin of the name Hope:

Hope derives from the Old English hopian (meaning “expectancy” or “belief”). The modern spelling is identical to the Old Frisian hope (with the same connotation and meaning). Hope is also popular in the form of direct translations like Esperanza (Spanish) and Elpis (Greek).

Symbolism of the name Hope:

Hope is a positive expectation or belief that circumstances will work out for the best. The traditional symbol for hope is the anchor. (“Hope is like an anchor for the soul” – Hebrews 6:9.)

Hope baby name meaning and origin

Style of the name Hope:

Puritan

Gender of the name Hope:

Hope is a girl's name.

Pronunciation of the name Hope:

hōp

Number of syllables in the name Hope:

One

Emotion evoked from the name Hope:

The name Hope evokes feelings of delight and joy.

Alternative spellings for the name Hope:

  • Hopeful
  • Esperanza
  • Elpis

Nicknames for the name Hope:

  • Hopie
  • Hopey
  • Essie

Popularity of the name Hope:

According to the Social Security Administration index, Hope was the 204th most popular baby girl name in 2020.

Related names for the name Hope:

Great middle names for Hope and their meanings:

  • Alessandra (defender, warrior, helper)
  • Cordelia (heart, daughter of the sea)
  • Evangeline (bringer of good news)
  • Gemma (gemstone)
  • Imogen (maiden)
  • Justina (justice)
  • Jasmeen (jasmine)
  • Niamh (radiance, shine, beauty)
  • Regina (queen)
  • Wilhelmina (resolute protection)

Famous people with the name Hope:

  • Hope Marie Carlton (model)
  • Hope Charlotte Hicks (public relations executive)
  • Hope Elise Ross Lange (actress)
  • Hope Catherine Kotb (daughter of Hoda Kotb)
  • Hope Elizabeth Soberano (actress)
  • Hope Amelia Solo (soccer player)

Hope in popular culture:

  • Hope Chance (titular character of the show Raising Hope)
  • Hope Summers (character in the Marvel Universe)
  • Hope Swan (main character on Once Upon a Time)
  • Hope Yancey (protagonist of the novel Hope Was Here)