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Ames Family History

Ames Name Meaning

English: from the Old French and Middle English personal name Amys, Amice, which is either directly from Latin amicus ‘friend’, used as a personal name, or via a Late Latin derivative of this, Amicius. German: of uncertain origin. Perhaps a nickname for an active person, from a Germanic word related to Old High German amazzig ‘busy’. Compare modern German Ameise ‘ant’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: James, Amey, Imes, Ambs, Ares, Amos, Sames, Hamel, Armes, Akes

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Where is the Ames family from?

You can see how Ames families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ames family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ames families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 159 Ames families living in Ontario. This was about 49% of all the recorded Ames's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Ames families in 1911.
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What did your Ames ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Farmer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Ames. 61% of Ames men worked as a Farmer and 18% of Ames women worked as a Farmer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ames were Laborer and Stenographer.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
    61%
  • Labourer
    10%
  • Carpenter
    4%
  • Laborer
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
    18%
  • Teacher
    18%
  • School Teacher
    18%
  • Stenographer
    12%
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Census Records

There are 183,000 census records available for the last name Ames. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ames census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 15,000 immigration records available for the last name Ames. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 39,000 military records available for the last name Ames. For the veterans among your Ames ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ames lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Ames life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Ames in 1946 was 36, and 77 in 2004.

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