I am and have been researching my 'HOPE' line since early 1970's
and during this period have been able to trace back to early 16th century to the northern county of Northumberland. There are several villages associated with my family, some are:-
Hamsterley, Cockfield, Barnard Castle, Bishop Auckland, just to name a few.
Recently I have been helped by fellow researcher and relative who lives in Barnard Castleby the name of Colin Bell. Together we now have quite a comprehensive family tree.
Would be interested to hear from anyone who thinks they may be linked to HOPE in these areas or surrounding.