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Etymology & Historical Origin - 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.
Popularity of the 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?
Popularity of the Girl Name Hope
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Hope
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Hope
Hope We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Hope.
Popular Songs on Hope
A Girl Named Hope - a song by Atmosphere [explicit]
A New Hope - a song by Blink 182
Children's Books on the Baby Name Hope
Five Smooth Stones : Hope's Diary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1776 (Kristiana Gregory) - As tensions rise between the Tories and Patriots, Hope's life in Philadelphia becomes more and more turbulent. Questions loom larger and larger Will Papa ever return from his journey? Has her brother Ethan become a Tory? Finally a letter arrives that clears up the agonizing confusion but still Hope and her mother must leave their cherished home. Recommended for ages 9-12.
Famous People Named Hope
Famous People Named Hope - Hope Solo (soccer player)
Children of Famous People Named Hope
Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Hope - Brad Garrett (actor/comic)
Hope - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
Hope - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first 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.
Variations of the Baby Name - Hope