Any record I have seen of Bob Hope has shown his original name as Leslie Towns, who changed it to Bob Hope. I too am interested as my lineage is from England and both my father and uncle Orville are almost dead ringers for Bob Hope. Whole family has been in entertainment with my grandfather Reuben making his living as a song-and-dance man, tap dancer, square dance caller, juggler, etc. until the age of 49 when he settled down and raised a family of six. I do not know if we are related to Bob Hope.I can go back to John Towns, in Sleaford who was father of my great grandfather, George Towns, 1847-1948. Also had a son leslie killed by a horse aged 10 in 1901. Eight other children: Reuben, Fannie Edith, Frederick Stephen, Minnie Isabella,Helen Elizabeth, William Thomas, Jessie Gertrude, and Caroline May. A long-lived Family, like Bob Hope, with George dying at 101 and 7 months, William Thomas and Jessie at 100 each, etc. Thats all I have but will be shortly starting to explore the British side of things. Good luck.