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What does Hope mean?

Hope Pronunciation of Hope [hope] as a girls' name is pronounced hope. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Hope is "expectation; belief". From hopa. One of three names/qualities (Faith, Hope, Charity) described in the Bible at I Corinthians 13:13; was favored for sisters by Puritans and Catholics. A legendary trio with the names were the daughters of Saint Sophia, whose name means "wisdom". Actress Hope Lange.

Associated with: old english, bible, puritans, legendary (mythology), saint, wisdom.


Hope has 1 variant: Esperance.

Related girl name: Verity.

3 more relations via Charity, Faith: Fae, Faye and Fe.

Creative forms:
(female) Hape, Hose, ..

(male) Hole, Holey, ..

Middle name pairings:
Hope Hannah (H.H.), ..

How popular is Hope?

Hope is a very prominent first name for women (#427 out of 4276, Top 10%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#1988 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Hope reached its apex rank of #144 in the U.S. in 1999, and is at #231 presently. (2015 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant form and related girl names. Faith (#91 from recent data), Faye (#928), Charity (#1218) and Fae are the prominent varying forms of Hope (#231 from recent data) ranked in the Top 2000. These forms of Hope were popular as birth names a decade ago (median #884) and are somewhat less conventional today (#893, down 41%).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Hope, Charity, Fae, Faith, Faye in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Hebe, Hege, Holde (see Holda), Holle, Honey, Honie and Lupe. These names tend to be less commonly used than Hope.

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