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I love this name! When I was 9 or 10, I read the book Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan and today it's still one of my favorite books, so I guess this name reminds me of the time I read that book while on a road trip with my mom and I always get a little emotional over that memory. If I ever had a daughter, this would be a nice middle name for her.
KashGirl  7/8/2019
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Esperanza is the name of Leo's mother in the Rick Riordan fantasy series "The Heroes of Olympus".
wh0sbad  7/4/2019
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I am currently reading the book “Esperanza Rising” and I like it but this name sounds a little weird to me, but I like it at the same time.
Bubbles293739  5/3/2019
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There is a lovely children's book called "Esperanza Rising" by Pam Muñoz Ryan. It's a true story of hope. It's about a privileged, European-blooded girl from Mexico who comes from a wealthy landowning family during the time of the Mexican Civil War. Her father dies in the beginning of the novel in a fire. Her family's ranch is burned down and she is forced to immigrate to California with her mother and perform manual labor during the Great Depression. They flee for their lives with a Mestizo family who had worked on their land. Despite the fact that Mexicans of Spanish descent are being murdered at the time of the Civil War, her family had a reputation of being kind and generous to their employees which ultimately saved their lives. They live in labor camps like many Hispanic and Anglo Americans at the time. She experiences poverty, her mother nearly dies of dust pneumonia, and Esperanza is discriminated against by her fellow Mexican workers because she's white and comes from luxury. Despite being rejected by both Americans and her own people, she grows into a strong young adult and falls in love with Miguel, the boy with whom she traveled after escaping from Mexico. It's a beautiful story and I'd recommend that all young people read it. Discrimination, injustice, strife, trauma, and life's challenges come in many forms, which is why we shouldn't make assumptions about people. We can't take our blessings for granted because when we lose everything all that's left is our spirit and our hope. In the book, she is sometimes referred to as "Anza" which is very pretty to me!
― Anonymous User  10/9/2018
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Along with the Spanish accent and pronunciation, this name is ugly!
Prime Meridian  6/20/2018
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To the comment below, that is very rude. You can say you don't like it, but saying you don't like it because it is Spanish is wrong. I personally love Esperanza. It is beautiful and it means hope.
kayisforkeen  8/6/2018
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This name (Esperanza) given for a deree level competition (jamia saadiyya, kasaragod, kerala) in my India. I am very glad to have this attractive name...!
muhammad naseem edak  10/28/2017
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The name Esperanza was given to 264 girls born in the US in 2016.
More than 99.9 percent of people with the first name Esperanza are female.
― Anonymous User  6/6/2017
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Esperanza Gómez Silva commonly known as Esperanza Gomez is a Colombian nude model, pornographic actress and former Playboy TV host.
lilolaf  2/9/2017
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Esperanza López Mateos was a Mexican translator, political activist, syndicalist, and mountaineer. She translated several of B. Traven's novels and was his literary agent in Latin America from 1941 to 1951. She was the sister of politician Adolfo López Mateos and sister-in-law of cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa. She participated in the strike by the miners of Nueva Rosita (1950–1951) and worked with Vicente Lombardo Toledano; together they supported many Jewish exiles fleeing European wars and seeking refuge in Mexico.
lilolaf  2/8/2017
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Esperanza Aguirre y Gil de Biedma, Countess of Murillo and Bornos, Grandee of Spain, DBE is a Spanish politician and a former President of Madrid. She was President of Madrid's People's Party and the first female politician to have held the office of President of the Senate and Minister of Education and Culture in Spanish democratic history.
cutenose  1/17/2017
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At first, I hated my name since all the kids had jokes about it! Then my Spanish teacher said my name in Spanish and I fell in love with it. I never got a nameplate, now it makes a conversation! They ask me how to pronunce it, and what does it mean! Now that I'm grown, I love my name.
hopenthemorning  1/8/2017
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This makes me love my name even more.
Esperanza hale  12/13/2016
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Esperanza Spalding is a Grammy-winning singer and musician.
S-Genesis  8/15/2016
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It's ridiculous! She will be teased for life!
Poor child.
definitely maybe  9/21/2014
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This is one heck of a name- in an amazing way. It's gorgeous, sexy, yet classy all at one. It's not tacky or gaudy sounding just because it's from another language, either, and in English it still sounds great and looks good. I love this! :]
Dragon_Clarinet  7/23/2011
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The mother of the main character Spirit in the 2002 animated film 'Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron' is named Esperanza.
alma_aindop  7/14/2010
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I think Esperanza is the most beautiful name on Earth. It is not simple or popular. It is strong and delicate at the same time. I can't describe it but the name is "fiery, spirited, and seductive."
Milena Scialfa  12/30/2009
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I love this name. It sounds so dramatic and seductive. Like strong feminine perfume. Though they both have the same meaning, Esperanza is so different from Hope. In my opinion, Hope sounds pathetic, but Esperanza? It's a whole different story. It sounds strong, powerful and beautiful.
― Anonymous User  7/18/2009
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Esperanza is the Spanish vocabulary word for "hope".
― Anonymous User  1/11/2009
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If you aren't Spanish-speaking and are reluctant to give your daughter a Spanish name, consider Esperance, a now-obsolete word meaning "hope" derived from Middle English "esperaunce". (Merriam-Webster)

It's also very similar to the French form from the comment above.
cookieavalanche  8/20/2008
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Latin for "hope" is "spes", not "sperans" (which is a participle, meaning "hoping"). I have met a French girl named "Espérance" (French form of Esperanza) but it's very uncommon.
Marie-Amelie  6/7/2008
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There's a book called Esperanza Rising. It is the story of a Spanish girl of 14/15 years whose land, life, and family is broken by the white men. She is forced to work in a low position in the fields and live in squalor.
Akito  5/25/2008
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I love it. If I was to choose a Spanish name, Esperanza would be it. It would be great as a last name. Like, "Carmen Esperanza". I know, I know, pick the most stereotypical Spanish first name ever, right? :P I like it though. Is Esperanza used as a last name?
― Anonymous User  6/15/2007
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Yes, Esperanza can be a last name.
Wunderkind_Princess  11/19/2007
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Esperanza is the main character in the book Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan.
bibi66  3/4/2007
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I heard this name from "The Mask of Zorro" and have liked it ever since. Feminine, but with a strong and deeply lyrical quality to it.
gaelruadh19  7/16/2006
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I think this is a beautiful name and the meaning makes me love it even more. I've liked it ever since I heard it in "The Mask of Zorro."
Erica30588  1/3/2006
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Esperanza is one of the female protagonists of Ana Castillo's So Far From God. She is the politically ambitious sister to Caridad, Fe and Loca.
ars musica  11/30/2005
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This name was used by Sandra Cisneros for the main character of her autobiographical novel 'The House on Mango Street', and is also the name of the title character in the children's novel 'Esperanza Rising'.
Arrows  11/22/2005
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I really love this name. Not to brag, but my name is Esperanza, and I am glad to bear this name.
LindsayHansen  4/14/2005
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I think the correct pronunciation of the name would be: es-pe-RAN-tha, not es-pe-RAHN-sah. [noted -ed]
esperanza  1/22/2005

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