Gender: Feminine
Origin: English

The name comes directly from the English word and has been in usage since the Middle Ages due to the popularity of a cult of sister saints, Hope, Faith and Charity.

Its popularity was in enhanced in the 17th-century due to its usage among the Puritans.

Currently, Hope is 245th most popular female name in the United States, (2010). Its Spanish cognate of Esperanza is currently the 75th most popular female name in Chile and the 948th most popular in the United States, (2010).

Other forms of the name include:

  • Nadzieja Надзе́я (Belarusian/Polish. nod-JAY-yah)
  • Nada (Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian/Slovene)
  • Esperañs (Breton)
  • Esperança (Catalan/Portuguese)
  • Naděžda (Czech)
  • Spes (German/Latin)
  • Elpida Ελπίδα (Greek)
  • Elpis (Greek/Coptic)
  • Hopeful (English: a popular female name among Puritans)
  • Hopestill (English: a popular female name among Puritans)
  • Hopewell (English: a popular female name among Puritans)
  • Espérance (French)
  • Speranza (Italian)
  • Speranță (Romanian)
  • Nadezhda наде́жд (Russian)
  • Spiranza (Sicilian)
  • Esperanza (Spanish)


Elpis, Elpida

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Greek
Meaning: “hope”

Elpis is derived from the Greek word (ἐλπίς) for hope, the name is found in ancient Greek myth as the personification of hope, usually depicted as a woman with a flowers or cornucopia in her hands. Elpis was also the last item to come out of the box of Pandora.

The name was also borne by one of the many wives of Herod the Great and was the name of the wife of early Roman Christian philosopher and poet, Boethius (Circ. 5th-century).

In modern Greek, the form of Elpida Ελπιδα is far more prevalent.

The name was borne by Macedonian national heroine, Elpida Karamandi  (1920-1942).

The designated name-day is September 17 (Greece)


  1. http://www.theoi.com/Daimon/Elpis.html
  2. http://www.behindthename.com/name/elpida