Ames Family History

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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

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

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Ames Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Ames name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Ames. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Ames Family Origin

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Ames Family Occupations

What did your Ames ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Ames family was Carpenter. The most common Ames occupation in the USA was Farmer. 38% of Ames's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Ames.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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Ames Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 183,000 census records available for the last name Ames. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ames census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 15,000 immigration records available for the last name Ames. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

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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Ames Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Ames ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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