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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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Where is the Hope family from?

You can see how Hope families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hope family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hope families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 35 Hope families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 16% of all the recorded Hope's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Hope families in 1840.
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What did your Hope ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Hope. 17% of Hope men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Hope women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hope were Truck Driver and Stenographer.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
  • Housewife
  • Maid
  • Stenographer
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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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