Meaning and Name Origin
Hope \ho-pe\ as a girls' name is pronounced hope. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Hope is "expectation; belief". 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.
For more on this name, see also the related girl name Verity.
Hope▲ has 34 related variations via Charity, Faith: Caridad, Caridade, Carissa▼, Carita, Chairity, Chareese, Charidy, Chariety, Charis, Charissa, Charisse, Charita, Charitee, Charitey, Chariti, Charitye, Chariza, Charty, Chattie, Cherit, Cherri, Cherry▼, Fae▼, Faithe, Fay▼, Faye▼, Fayth, Faythe, Fe, Karita, Sharitee, Sharitey, Sharity and Sharitye.
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 (#1800 out of 88799, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Hope for girls. Hope reached its apex rank of #144 in the U.S. in 1999, and is at #231 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of the girl name Hope and related names. Prominent varying forms of Hope (#231 last year) ranked in the Top 1000 are Faith (#81 last year), Faye (#908), Fae, Fay, Cherry, Charissa, Charisse, Charity, Cherri and Carissa. These girl names were at the apex of their popularity during the years 1940-1949 and are somewhat less popular today, with versions like Carissa, Charity, Fay, Cherry and Fae falling out of fashion. Hope (#231) and Faith (#81) are two of the more contemporarily stylish girl names among these, with Faith enjoying a resurgence in popularity. (2014 Birth Statistics)
A suggested similar baby name is Hebe. This name tends to be less commonly used than Hope.