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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 2nd edition, 2022


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 1891 there were 586 Ames families living in London. This was about 28% of all the recorded Ames's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Ames families in 1891.
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What did your Ames ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Ames. 15% of Ames men worked as a General Labourer and 68% of Ames women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ames were Builders Labourer and Incapacitated. .

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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 1939

  • General Labourer
    15%
  • Bricklayer
    8%
  • Retired
    5%
  • Builders Labourer
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    68%
  • Housewife
    3%
  • Private Means
    2%
  • Incapacitated
    2%
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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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