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The ancient history of the name Amey began soon after 1066 when the Norman Conquest of England occurred. It was a name 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.

Amey Early Origins



The surname Amey 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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Amey Spelling Variations


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Amey Spelling Variations



Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Amey family name include Ames, Amess, Amies, Amis, Amiss, Amos, Hames, Haymes, Eames, Emmes and many more.

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Amey Early History


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Amey Early History



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

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Amey Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Amey 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 Amey 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



To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Amey family to immigrate North America:

Amey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Amey, who landed in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1637
  • John Amey, who landed in Massachusetts in 1649
  • John Amey, who arrived in Virginia in 1663

Amey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Jonas Amey was registered as a United Empire Loyalist

Amey Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. John Amey U.E., United Empire Loyalist who settled in Ernest Town [Ernestown], Ontario c. 1783 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Nicholas Amey "Amy", "Emigh" U.E., United Empire Loyalist who settled in Ernest Town [Ernestown], Ontario c. 1783 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Amey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Almon Amey, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Punjab"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Amey (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Amey (post 1700)



  • Fred Otis Holmes Amey (b. 1981), American and Canadian football wide receiver
  • William Amey, English founder of Amey plc, a British infrastructure support service provider in 1921
  • William Amey VC MM (1881-1940), English recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • François Pierre Joseph Amey, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Constable Robert Weston Amey (1940-1964), Canadian Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer stationed in Newfoundland, shot and killed in the line of duty
  • Jessica Amey (b. 1976), Canadian silver medalist butterfly swimmer at the 1995 World Championships (SC)
  • Colin Amey, Canadian country music artist

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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. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  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. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. 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. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  7. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Amey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Amey 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 6 March 2015 at 18:30.

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