Female, H names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Hope

Hope is a virtue name expressing the attitude, desire or belief that something good or wished for will happen. It comes from Old English hopa, hopian which derives from a PIE root word. Hope is also a Scottish and English surname derived from a habitational name for someone who lived in a small, enclosed valley; it derives from Middle English hope, hoop (valley) via Old English hōp (mound, raised land) from a PIE root word. It’s also a Norwegian locational surname meaning “narrow bay” or “small bay” from Icelandic hóp (small bay, inlet). Although Hope is primarily used as a female given name, I’ve seen uses of it for men as well.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

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