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Ames Name Meaning

English (of Norman origin): from the Old French personal name Amis or from the feminine form Amice. The Old French word amis is from Latin amicus ‘friend’ which was used in Late Latin as a term for a man of the lower classes in particular a slave. There were also derivatives of this as personal names in particular masculine Amicius and feminine Amicia. Both were in use as personal names in England and may have contributed to the surname. German: perhaps a nickname for an active person from an ancient Germanic word related to Old High German amazzig ‘busy’. Dutch: possibly a patronymic from Ame a common personal name in Holland and Friesland an abbreviated form of an ancient Germanic personal name perhaps beginning with amel ‘strong’.

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


Similar surnames: James, Amey, Imes, Ambs, Ares, Amos, Sames, Hamel, Armes, Akes

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Where is the Ames family from?

You can see how Ames families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ames family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ames families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 177 Ames families living in New York. This was about 24% of all the recorded Ames's in USA. New York had the highest population of Ames families in 1840.
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What did your Ames ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Ames. 15% of Ames men worked as a Laborer and 11% of Ames women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ames were Truck Driver and Clerk. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    15%
  • Farmer
    13%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    11%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Clerk
    5%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 39,000 military records available for the last name Ames. For the veterans among your Ames ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ames lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Ames life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Ames in 1946 was 36, and 77 in 2004.

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