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Ames Family History

Ames Name Meaning
English: from the Old French and Middle English personal name Amys, Amice, which is either directly from Latin amicus ‘friend’, used as a personal name, or via a Late Latin derivative of this, Amicius.German: of uncertain origin. Perhaps a nickname for an active person, from a Germanic word related to Old High German amazzig ‘busy’. Compare modern German Ameise ‘ant’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

1,130,207 Historical Documents with Ames on Ancestry.com
213,858 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
38,440 Military Records
13,695 Immigration Records
176,986 Census and Voter Lists
687,228 Member Trees

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Name Distribution of Ames Families

  • Number of Ames families
     234 - 466
     79 - 233
     1 - 78
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Ames families
     294 - 586
     99 - 293
     1 - 98
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Ames families
     9 - 16
     4 - 8
     1 - 3
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Ames Family Origin

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Ames Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Ames

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Ames Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Ames census records

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Ames Civil War Service Records

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