When Benjamin Ames was born in 1827, his father, Joseph Ames, was 32 and his mother, Deborah D Farnham, was 31. He married Catherine McLannan on 27 December 1851, in Bucksport, Hancock, Maine, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Bucksport, Lincoln, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America for about 50 years. He died on 22 January 1903, in Bucksport, Hancock, Maine, United States, at the age of 76.
English (of Norman origin): from the Old French personal name Amis or from the feminine form, Amice. The Old French word amis, is from Latin amicus ‘friend’, which was used in Late Latin as a term for a man of the lower classes, in particular a slave. There were also derivatives of this as personal names, in particular masculine Amicius and feminine Amicia. Both were in use as personal names in England and may have contributed to the surname.
German: perhaps a nickname for an active person, from an ancient Germanic word related to Old High German amazzig ‘busy’.
Dutch: possibly a patronymic from Ame a common personal name in Holland and Friesland, an abbreviated form of an ancient Germanic personal name, perhaps beginning with amel ‘strong’.
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