The name Amas is part of the ancient legacy of the early Norman inhabitants that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. Amas was a Norman name used for a good friend
or beloved one.
The name was originally derived from the Old French given name or nickname Amis
which means friend.
Early Origins of the Amas family
The surname Amas was first found in the county of Northumberland
, where they were granted lands by King William after the Norman Conquest
in 1066. They originated from Exmes, a town in the department of Orne, in Normandy.
Early History of the Amas family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Amas research.Another 355 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1889, 1640, 1692, 1721, 1576, 1633, 1619, 1695, 1689, 1759, 1641, 1721 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Amas History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Amas Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Amas are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Amas include Ames, Amess, Amies, Amis, Amiss, Amos, Hames, Haymes, Eames, Emmes and many more.
Early Notables of the Amas family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was William Ames (Latin: Guilielmus Amesius) (1576-1633), an English Protestant divine, philosopher, and controversialist; Henry Metcalfe Ames, of Lynden, Northumberland; Joseph Ames (1619-1695), an English naval commander from Norfolk
who commanded several ships of war, and made repeated voyages to... Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Amas Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Amas family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Amas Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Susan Amas, aged 20, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1847 aboard the ship "Gellert" CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) GELLERT 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847Gellert.htm
The Amas Motto
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: Fama candida rosa dulcior
Motto Translation: Fame is sweeter than the white rose.