Show ContentsHopes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Hopes is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived 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 Hopes 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 Hopes family

The surname Hopes 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 Hopes family

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

Hopes Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Hopes family name include Hope, Hopes and others.

Early Notables of the Hopes family

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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Hopes Ranking

In the United States, the name Hopes is the 15,796th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [7]

Ireland Migration of the Hopes family to Ireland

Some of the Hopes 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 Hopes migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Hopes surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Hopes Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Henry Hopes, aged 23, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 aboard the ship "Globe" [8]
  • William Hopes, who landed in Virginia in 1662 [8]
  • John Hopes, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1685 [8]
  • Tho Hopes, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1685 [8]

Australia Hopes migration to Australia +

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

Hopes Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

The Hopes 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.

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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. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  8. 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)
  9. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th October 2020). Retrieved from on Facebook