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)



Gender: Feminine
Origin: Italian
Meaning: “hope”

We are all aware of the Spanish classic, Esperanza, but this Italian gem is often overlooked. Speranza is the Italian word for hope and its name day is August 1st.