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The history of the name Ames goes back, perhaps as far as 1066, when the Norman Conquest of England occurred. Soon after this event, the name would have been given to a good friend or beloved one. The name was originally derived from the Old French given name or nickname Amis or Ami, which means friend.

Ames Early Origins



The surname Ames 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.

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Ames Spelling Variations


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Ames Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Ames include Ames, Amess, Amies, Amis, Amiss, Amos, Hames, Haymes, Eames, Emmes and many more.

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Ames Early History


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Ames Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ames 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 Ames History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ames Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ames Early Notables (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 Ames Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Amess to arrive on North American shores:

Ames Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Anthony Ames, who arrived in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1634
  • Mrs. William Ames, who arrived in New England in 1634
  • Edward Ames, who landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Joan Ames settled in Boston, in 1637
  • William Ames settled in Boston in 1637
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ames Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Ralph Ames, who arrived in South Carolina in 1704
  • Daniel Ames, who arrived in New Hampshire in 1714
  • Valentine Ames, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765
  • Almon Ames, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1776

Ames Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Francis Ames, aged 37, landed in New York in 1812
  • Diego Ames, who landed in Nombre de Dios, Panama in 1838
  • F Ames, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • C S Ames, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Mr. Ames, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ames Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Ames, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749

Ames Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Robert Flower Ames, English convict from Essex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824
  • Henry Ames, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Lord Raglan"
  • James Ames, aged 30, a carpenter, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Stamboul"

Ames Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Ames landed in Kapiti, New Zealand in 1839 aboard the ship Star of China
  • James Ames landed in America, New Zealand in 1840

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ames (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ames (post 1700)



  • Leon Kessling "Red" Ames (1882-1936), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Rachel Ames (b. 1929), Emmy Award Winning American actress
  • Oliver Ames Jr. (1807-1877), American president of Union Pacific Railroad, responsible for completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad in North America
  • Oliver Ames (1831-1895), American politician and financier, the 35th Governor of Massachusetts (1887 to 1890)
  • Oakes Ames (1874-1950), American botanist specializing in orchids
  • Oakes Ames (1804-1873), American businessman and politician, member of the United States House of Representatives from Massachusetts (1863 to 1873)
  • Leon Ames (1902-1993), American film and television actor
  • Fisher Ames (1758-1808), American Representative in the United States Congress from the 1st Congressional District of Massachusetts
  • Ed Ames (1927-1950), born Edmund Dantes Urick, an American popular singer and actor, member of the 1950s singing group The Ames Brothers
  • Cheney Ames (1808-1892), American politician from New York
  • ... (Another 65 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Ames


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Suggested Readings for the name Ames



  • Ames Ancestry: Europe to Maine by Agnes H. Ames.
  • Descendants of Benjamin and Dorcas Ames of Connecticut, 1786-1979: A Genealogy by Kathy L. DeLong.

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Motto


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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.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824

Other References

  1. 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.
  2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  3. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  5. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  6. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  7. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  11. ...

The Ames Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ames 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 12 August 2016 at 22:12.

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