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Where did the English Amor family come from? What is the English Amor family crest and coat of arms? When did the Amor family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Amor family history?

The surname Amor can either be derived from the Old French word for love "amor" or from the phrase "at the moor," shortened to A'Moor, implying one who lived near a moor.

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Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Amor, Amore, Amour, Amoor, Amoore and others.

First found in Oxfordshire, where Adam ate More and Oliva Ate More were recorded in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. [1]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Amor research. Another 165 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1467, 1479, and 1528 are included under the topic Early Amor History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Amor Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Amor or a variant listed above:

  • Juan De Amor, who arrived in Florida in 1538
  • Juana de Amor, who arrived in Peru in 1570
  • Lorenzo de Amor, who arrived in Peru in 1594

Amor Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Susan Amor, who was sent to Barbados in 1657
  • Richard Amor, who immigrated to Delaware Bay in 1682
  • William Amor, who arrived with William Penn in Pennsylvania in 1682
  • Richard Amor, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1682
  • Richd Amor, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1682


Amor Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • John Amor, who immigrated as a servant to Jamaica in 1726
  • John Amor, who was sent to Virginia in 1741 as a bonded emigrant

Amor Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Juan De Amor, who arrived in Florida in 1838

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  • William "Bill" Amor (b. 1919), English former amateur footballer
  • Simon Daniel Edward Amor (b. 1979), English rugby union footballer
  • Kyle Amor, English professional rugby league footballer
  • Guadalupe Amor (b. 1920), Mexican novelist and poet
  • Daniel Amor, published computer and Internet expert
  • Guillermo Amor Martínez (b. 1967), retired Spanish footballer
  • Rick Amor (b. 1948), Australian artist and figurative painter
  • Christine Amor (b. 1952), Australian actress
  • Vincente Amor (b. 1932), former pitcher in Major League Baseball


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Tu ne cede malis
Motto Translation: Yield not to misfortunes.

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  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  4. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  7. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  9. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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The Amor Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Amor Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 5 December 2013 at 12:41.

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