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What does Esperanza mean?

Esperanza Pronunciation of Esperanza [es-per-an-za] as a girls' name is pronounced ess-per-AHN-zah. It is of Spanish origin, and the meaning of Esperanza is "hope". One of the three virtues. See also Faith and Charity.

Associated with: hope, virtues.


Esperanza has 2 variants: Esperance and Esperantia.

Affiliated girl names: Peri and Speranza.

Creative forms:


Middle name pairings:
Esperanza Brayleigh (E.B.), ..

How popular is Esperanza?

Esperanza is a very prominent first name for females (#590 out of 4276, Top 14%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#24432 out of 150436, Top 16%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Esperanza entered the list in 1900-1909 and reached its peak position of #529 in the U.S. in the year 2000, and is presently at #926. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Esperanza name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Esperanza outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Faith (#91 from recent data), Charity (#1218) and Peri are the prominent related forms of Esperanza (#926 from recent data) appearing in the Top 2000. These forms of Esperanza were at the height of their popularity in 2005 (adoption of 0.49%) and are somewhat less conventional today (adoption 0.26%, down 47%).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Esperanza, Charity, Faith, Peri in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Faith outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended names are Aranza, Eirana, Eleana, Eleanna, Emeralda, Emerant, Ephrata, Esmaralda (see Esmeralda), Esmeralda, Esmerelda, Esmiralda, Estefani, Estefania, Estefany, Estera, Ezmeralda, Kerenza, Leanza and Speranca. These names tend to be less frequently used than Esperanza.

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