Hope History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Hope comes from when the family resided in one of the various settlements of Hope found in Derbyshire, Shropshire, and the North Riding of Yorkshire, among other places, or in or near a raised area of land in a fen, or a small, enclosed valley. The surname Hope is derived from the Old English word "hop" which means "the side of a hill, or low ground between hills." [1] In Scotland, "hope" means "glen." [2]

Early Origins of the Hope family

The surname Hope was first found in Shropshire where Robert de Hope was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1255. John atte hop was found in the Subsidy Rolls for Sussex in 1296 and later Robert del Hope was found in the Subsidy Rolls for Yorkshire in 1302. [3]

Roger de la Hope was found in the Hundredorum Rolls for Herefordshire in 1273. [4]

In Somerset, John atte Hope, Walter atte Hope and Edith atte Hope were listed there 1 Edward III (during the first year of King Edward III's reign) [5] and Alicia de Hope was found in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. [4]

In Scotland, "John Hope of Peeblesshire rendered homage [to King Edward I of England], 1296, and Symon de la Hope was received to the king of England's peace in 1321. " [6]

Early History of the Hope family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hope research. Another 219 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1541, 1567, 1681, 1742, 1860, 1908, 1902, 1844, 1590, 1678, 1573, 1646, 1643, 1605, 1654, 1606, 1643, 1614, 1661, 1681, 1742, 1614 and 1661 are included under the topic Early Hope History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hope Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Hope has been recorded under many different variations, including Hope, Hopes and others.

Early Notables of the Hope family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Sir Thomas Hope, 1st Baronet Hope of Craighall (1573-1646), a Scottish lawyer, Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 1643. He was the son of an eminent Edinburgh merchant, Henry Hope, and his French wife, Jacqueline de Tott. His eldest son, Sir John Hope, Lord Craighall (1605?-1654) was a Scottish judge. His second oldest son, Sir Thomas Hope of Kerse (1606-1643) was...
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Hope World Ranking

In the United States, the name Hope is the 1,800th most popular surname with an estimated 17,409 people with that name. [7] However, in Australia, the name Hope is ranked the 624th most popular surname with an estimated 6,252 people with that name. [8] And in New Zealand, the name Hope is the 417th popular surname with an estimated 1,581 people with that name. [9] The United Kingdom ranks Hope as 473rd with 13,643 people. [10]

Ireland Migration of the Hope family to Ireland

Some of the Hope family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Hope migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Hope or a variant listed above:

Hope Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Hope who settled in Virginia in 1607
  • Thomas Hope, who arrived in Jamestown, Va in 1607 [11]
  • Abraham Hope, who landed in Maryland in 1651 [11]
  • Abraham Hope, who arrived in Maryland in 1651
  • William Hope, who landed in Maryland in 1660 [11]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Hope Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Misbell Hope, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773 [11]
  • Georg Hope, who arrived in America in 1778 [11]
Hope Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • David Hope, aged 45, who landed in New York in 1812 [11]
  • Robert Hope, aged 51, who arrived in New York in 1812 [11]
  • Matthew Hope, who arrived in New York, NY in 1823 [11]
  • James Hope, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1839 [11]
  • James, John, Michael, Patrick, Samuel, Thomas, and William Hope, all, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1800 and 1870

Canada Hope migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hope Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Hope, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1828

Australia Hope migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Hope Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Hope, (Holme), English convict who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Duke of Portland" in January 1807, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [12]
  • Mr. Abraham Hope who was convicted in Warwick, Warwickshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Camden" on 21st March 1831, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [13]
  • Mr. George Hope, English convict who was convicted in North Riding, Yorkshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Augusta Jessie" on 27 September 1834, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [14]
  • Eliza Hope, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Lilford" in 1839 [15]
  • Mr. John Hope who was convicted in Birmingham, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Duchess of Northumberland" on 1st October 1842, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [16]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Hope migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Hope Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Jane Hope, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Midlothian" in 1859
  • Orry H. Hope, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Midlothian" in 1859
  • Mr. Thomas Hope, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Storm Cloud" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 30th July 1861 [17]
  • Mrs. Hope, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Storm Cloud" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 30th July 1861 [17]
  • Miss Mary Hope, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Sevilla" arriving in Bluff, Southland, South Island, New Zealand on 4th September 1864 [17]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Hope (post 1700) +

  • Leslie Townes "Bob" Hope KBE, KCSG (1903-2003), English-born, American entertainer who appeared in vaudeville, on Broadway, on radio and television, in movies, and in performing tours for U.S. Military, the "first and only honorary veteran of the U.S. armed forces," recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, eponym of the USNS Bob Hope
  • Dolores Hope (1909-2011), American singer, entertainer, philanthropist, wife of the actor and comedian Bob Hope
  • Dave Hope (b. 1949), American bass guitarist, best known for his work the American progressive rock band Kansas
  • Hugh Hope, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kansas, 1948 [18]
  • Mrs. Herbert Hope, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oklahoma, 1956 [18]
  • Grover H. Hope, American Democratic Party politician, Postmaster at Frederick, Oklahoma, 1935-43 [18]
  • Edson S. Hope, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Vermont, 1940 [18]
  • Clifford Ragsdale Hope (1893-1970), American Republican politician, Lawyer [18]
  • Carl N. Hope, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 1956 (alternate), 1960 [18]
  • C. C. Hope, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 1964 [18]
  • ... (Another 35 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Empress of Ireland
  • Miss Chrissie Hope (1910-1914), Canadian Second Class Passenger from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [19]
Halifax Explosion
  • Mrs. Francis  Hope, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [20]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Ernest J Hope (b. 1902), English Leading Stoker serving for the Royal Navy from Winchfield, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [21]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Harold W. Hope, American Private from Illinois, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [22]


The Hope Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: At spes infracta
Motto Translation: Yet my hope is unbroken.


Suggested Readings for the name Hope +

  • The Marlett Family in Southeast, Midwest, and Southwest United States, With Connections to the Ball, Humphries, Hope, and Cross Families by Nadeen Cross Marlett.
  • More..,A Supplement in Two Parts to Receipt for an Inheritance by Margery Day Hanson.

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  2. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  6. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  7. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  8. ^ https://forebears.io/australia/surnames
  9. ^ https://forebears.io/new-zealand/surnames
  10. ^ https://www.surnamemap.eu/unitedkingdom/surnames_ranking.php?p=10
  11. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  12. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 28th July 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/duke-of-portland
  13. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 2nd December 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/camden
  14. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th August 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/augusta-jessie
  15. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LADY LILFORD 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839LadyLilford.htm
  16. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th July 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/duchess-of-northumberland
  17. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  18. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  19. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  20. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  21. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  22. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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