The ancient Norman culture that was established in England
after the Conquest of 1066 produced the name of Amoss. It was given to 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 Amoss family
The surname Amoss 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 Amoss family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Amoss 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 Amoss History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Amoss Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Ames, Amess, Amies, Amis, Amiss, Amos, Hames, Haymes, Eames, Emmes and many more.
Early Notables of the Amoss 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 Amoss Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Amoss family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Amoss Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- George Frederick Amoss, aged 17, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841
- Mary Ann Amoss, aged 19, a dressmaker, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841
- G F Amoss, who landed in Wanganui, New Zealand in 1843
The Amoss 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.