What does Hope mean?
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 (#1988 out of 150436, Top 1%). (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)
Faith (#81 last year), Faye (#908), Fae, Fay, Cherry, Charissa, Charisse, Charity, Cherri and Carissa are the prominent varying forms of Hope (#231 last year) ranked in the Top 1000. These girl names were at the apex of their popularity during the years 1940-1949 (usage of 0.2817%) and are somewhat less popular today (usage 0.1618%, down 42.6%), with versions like Carissa, Charity, Cherry, Fay and Fae falling out of fashion. Hope (#231) and Faith (#81) are two of the more contemporarily stylish girl names among these, and there is a resurgence in baby name popularity for Faith. Below is a charted comparison of the usage of Hope and related names. (2014 Birth Statistics)
A suggested similar baby name is Hebe. This name tends to be less commonly used than Hope.