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Gender: Female Meaning of Esperanza: "hope, expectation" Origin of Esperanza: Spanish Esperanza's Popularity in 2017: #967

The name Esperanza is a girl's name of Spanish origin meaning "hope, expectation". Esperanza is ranked #967 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Hope and discussed in our forums with posts like "Heaven, Hell, Purgatory - Girls".

From the experts:

Esperanza is a Spanish classic that's found its way onto the national popularity list in recent years. It came into the spotlight not long ago when jazz singer Esperanza Spalding "stole" the Best New Artist Grammy from favorite Justin Bieber. It's also the name of the main character in the novel The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, about a young Latina growing up in Chicago.

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Famous People Named Esperanza

Esperanza Emily Spalding, American jazz singer
Esperanza Baur Díaz, Mexican actress; second wife of actor John Wayne
Esperanza Aguirre (y Gil de Biedma), Countess of Murillo and Bornos, Grandee of Spain, Spanish politician; former President of Madrid
Esperanza Escolar Limjap-Osmeña, First Lady of the Philippines as wife of President Sergio Osmeña
Esperanza López Mateos, Mexican translator and political activist
Esperanza Alcantara Icasas-Cabral, Filipina politician
Esperanza Fuentes Roy, Spanish actress
Esperanza Guisán, Spanish philosopher
Esperanza Martínez, Mexican painter
Esperanza "Hope" Andrade, American politician from Texas

Pop Culture References for the name Esperanza

Esperanza Ortega, main character in "Esperanza Rising" by Pam Munoz Ryan
Camp Esperanza, the impromptu camp in Chile where rescue workers and families worked and prayed together to save 33 miners from a 2010 collapse
Esperanza Valdez, mother of main character Leo Valdez in the 'Heroes of Olympus' book series by Rick Riordan
Esperanza Cordero, main character in "The House on Mango Street" by Sandra Cisneros
"Esperanza," song by Enrique Iglesias
Esperanza de la Vega, wife of Zorro in "The Mask of Zorro"
Esperanza, mother of Spirit in animated movie "Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron"
Esperanza Estrera, main character in Filipino TV series "Esperanza"
Esperanza "Hope" Roberta Two Two, character in the novel "The Bean Trees" by Barbara Kingsolver
"Esperanza del Corazón," Mexican telenovela

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MidnightSky Says:


Enchanting and romantic.

MidnightSky Says:


Enchanting and romantic.

laura_eva Says:


This was my name for 8th grade Spanish class, so it'll always have a special place in my heart.

indiefendi2 Says:


less Hopes, more Esperanzas!

Josie1497 Says:


Absolutely stunning. This name has such a magical quality.

MaryKathryn Says:


I'm slowly growing to appreciate this name more and more. It's so beautiful and has many possible nickname choices.

esita Says:


Love this - it has it all!

esita Says:


So lovely.

headintheclouds Says:


I loved the book Esperanza Rising as a kid, and I find the name very strong, pretty and inspiring, the kind that leaves an impression on you.

hughesscholar Says:


This name has everything I would want a my little girl to be; strong sophisticated and inspiring

nessette Says:


This name makes me think of walking to elementary school in the mornings with the older girl who lived next door. Esperanza was her favorite girl name at the time, I think, and I remember being impressed. I really looked up to that girl, and now that feeling (that 'smart, impressive, free-spirited older girl role model' impression) is attached the name for me. I think it's beautiful name, like a refreshing breeze on a lovely, sunny day.

jenni_lynn91 Says:


I love this name! I would use it if our last name wasn't also 4 syllables and starting with E.

Foremerlyimnotputtingmynameonl Says:


I have a friend named this and have always loved her name...I call her Anzi.

tori101 Says:


Lovely Spanish classic with a great spunk. I also love the Essie nickname.