Hope Family History

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Hope Name Meaning

Scottish and English: topographic name for someone who lived in a small, enclosed valley, Middle English hop(e), or a habitational name from a place named with this word, of which there are examples in North Yorkshire, Lancashire, Derbyshire, Cheshire, Shropshire, Clwyd, Devon, Herefordshire, Kent, Sussex, and elsewhere. The surname is most common in Scotland and northern England, and it is also established in Ireland. Norwegian: habitational name from any of several farmsteads, notably in Hordaland, so named from Old Norse hóp ‘narrow bay’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Hole, Howe, Hove, Hone, Hoe, Hose, Pope, Hoye, Cope, Hoad

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Hope Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Hope name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Hope. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Norway


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Hope Family Origin

Where is the Hope family from?

Hope Family Occupations

What did your Hope ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Hope occupation in the USA was Farmer. 34% of Hope's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Hope family was Farm Laborer. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Hope.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Hope ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Hope Historical Records

What Hope family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 256,000 census records available for the last name Hope. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hope census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 37,000 immigration records available for the last name Hope. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 41,000 military records available for the last name Hope. For the veterans among your Hope ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Hope Life Expectancy

What is the average Hope lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Hope life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Hope in 1945 was 33, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Hope ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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