Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Hope

Hope is the transferred use of an English vocabulary word (Old English “hopa”) originally meant to signify the Christian expectation of eternal life and the perseverance not to give up on salvation. The three theological virtues (Faith, Hope and Charity) are the strongholds among Christians. In 1 Corinthians 13:13, the Bible says: “So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” And in Romans 8:24-25 we read: “For in this hope we are saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” Therefore, hope becomes synonymous with salvation. In a more general sense (outside of the word’s religious origins), Hope means to look forward to something with reasonable desire and confidence that the outcome will be good. It was the Puritans who adopted the names Faith, Hope and Charity for their little girls. These “virtue names” are among their most successful.

All About the Baby Name – Hope

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME HOPE

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME HOPE

Not surprisingly, the name Hope has been on the U.S. naming charts for well over a century. The name has only enjoyed moderate success for the most part, but did achieve its highest levels of popularity in the late 1990s and at the turn of the 21st century. Other religiously inspired names like Grace, Faith, Trinity, and Serenity have Hope beat on the charts; but Hope is more popular than Charity and Patience, for instance. As a virtue name, Hope appeals to the more austere religiously-minded, but it is also a widely used vocabulary word that expands outside of religion and has positive connotations. This makes the name more universally appealing. Hope (like Faith and Grace) is a quick, one-syllable name that’s easy to say and easy to spell. And what more could you want for your child than that sense of “hope” for their future?

Quick Facts

ON HOPE

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

1

RANKING POPULARITY:

233

PRONUNCIATION:

HOHP

SIMPLE MEANING:

Wish, desire

Characteristics

OF HOPE

Authoritative

Powerful

Tough

Tenacious

Wealthy

Problem-solver

Achiever

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Hope

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME HOPE

Charity Hope Valentine is the proverbial “bad girl” with the heart of gold in this 1966 Broadway musical, later made into a movie in 1969 (and initially based upon Federico Fellini’s 1957 movie, Nights of Cabiria). Charity is a “dance-hall hostess” who works at the Fan-dango and probably holds the world’s title for “Girl with the Worst Luck with Men”. She falls for them over and over, and they repay the kindness by duping and dumping her, over and over. For some reason, our Sweet Charity is endlessly optimistic about her romantic chances, always feeling that the right guy is just around the corner. Well, he isn’t exactly around the corner – he’s in the elevator with her when they are both stuck in mid-passage. Oscar is a jazz-loving accountant who soon declares his love for Charity. Charity finds herself falling for Oscar, but rightly suspects he might look a little askance at her profession. When she does confess, after having quit her job, Oscar assures her that it makes no difference to him whatsoever. Right. We can tell you how that worked out. Oscar pulls the same trick (no pun intended) as all the other men in her life, only without their flair or panache. After all, his name is Oscar and he is an accountant. Good riddance. Charity, of course, picks herself up and goes on her way, perhaps not quite so merrily. After all, she is sans man and job, but she is a plucky sort, and we know she’ll make it. And with a name like Charity Hope Valentine, we’re rooting for her!

Jefferson Hope is a pivotal character in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1887 novel, A Study in Scarlet, the book in which Sherlock Holmes makes his debut appearance. While investigating the murders of two men in London, Drebber and Stangerson, Holmes makes his brilliant deductions, which lead to Jefferson as the murderer. Jefferson is a good man, who had fallen in love with Lucy Ferrier years earlier in the Utah Territory in the United States. Lucy, unfortunately, has been raised a Mormon and is forced to choose a husband from that religion, either Drebber or Stangerson. Jefferson spirits her and her father out of Salt Lake City, but while he is foraging for food, Lucy’s father is killed and Lucy herself is kidnapped and forcibly married to Drebber. Lucy dies shortly thereafter of a broken heart, and Jefferson plots his revenge, following the two men to England and doling out their just desserts. When Holmes’ trail leads to Jefferson Hope, Jefferson gladly affirms his suspicions. Jefferson is ready to accept the consequences of law for his crimes of honor, but his own poor health metes out death before justice can; Jefferson dies with a smile of peace on his face.

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Hope

Popular Songs

ON HOPE

Ray of Hope
a song by The Rascals

Sharon & Hope
a song by Stina Nordenstam

A New Hope
a song by Blink 182

A Girl Named Hope
a song by Atmosphere [explicit]

Hope of Israel
a song by Michael W. Smith

Famous People

NAMED HOPE

Hope Solo (soccer player)

Children of Famous People

NAMED HOPE

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Hope

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME HOPE

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Hope