Names That Mean Hope

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Names meaning hope reflect the optimism we're filled with for our babies' futures. The baby names here either mean hope in various cultures or symbolize hope. We also include names with meanings related to hope: newness, rebirth, light, sun, butterflies, daisies, spring, and the color green.

Along with Hope itself, baby names meaning hope that rank among the US Top 500 include Evangeline, Xavier, Nova, Ashlyn, Daisy, Chloe, Phoenix, Helen, and Cyrus. Unique names with hope-related meanings on our recommended list range from the sun-dappled Sunniva to the mythical Apollo to the peaceful dove.

If you're looking for a name meaning hope for your baby girl or baby boy, browse this list.

  • Aaron

    The name Aaron is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "high mountain; exalted, enlightened". The origin of the name Aaron is debated—some say it was derived from Hebrew, while others claim it... Read More 

  • Aarush

    The name Aarush is a boy's name meaning "first ray of sun". A fiery Indian name used enough in the US to make it onto the Top 1000 list in 2010 and 2015.Read More 

  • Abner

    The name Abner is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "father of light.". This neglected Biblical name--it was the name of the commander of Saul's army and appears twice in the New... Read More 

  • Ailana

    The name Ailana is a girl's name of Finnish origin meaning "light bearer". A very unusual name in Finland, Ailana is nevertheless accessible to the English speaker. A more widely-used and... Read More 

  • Aileen

    The name Aileen is a girl's name of Irish origin meaning "bright, shining light". Irish Aileen and Scottish Eileen may be pronounced the same way or Aileen can be pronounced with a long a at the... Read More 

  • Aine

    The name Aine is a girl's name of Irish origin meaning "brightness, splendor". More commonly seen here as Anya, this traditional yet unique Irish name belonged to the queen of the Munster fairies... Read More 

  • Aisling

    The name Aisling is a girl's name of Irish origin meaning "dream, vision". Aisling is currently a very popular Irish name for... Read More 

  • Akosua

    The name Akosua is a girl's name of African, Ghanan, Ghanaian origin meaning "Born on a Sunday". Akosua means "born on a Sunday," which relates the name to the sun and thus to fire. The Akan... Read More 

  • Albert

    The name Albert is a boy's name of German origin meaning "noble, bright". Albert has acquired a new gloss as one of the top royal... Read More 

  • Alberta

    The name Alberta is a girl's name of English origin meaning "noble, bright". This jazzy old name could make a comeback, the way Josephine and Ella have. In England the name was popularized by... Read More 

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