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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 Family Origin

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Ames Family Occupations

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 US 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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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%

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

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

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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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