When Dora Jessie Ames was born on 28 February 1894, in Storm Lake, Buena Vista, Iowa, United States, her father, Alfred Reuben Ames, was 32 and her mother, Alma Louanna Sears, was 29. She married Harry Clarence Bentzinger on 4 February 1950, in Boise, Ada, Idaho, United States. She died on 15 October 1967, in Jerome, Jerome, Idaho, United States, at the age of 73, and was buried in Jerome Cemetery, Jerome, Idaho, United States.
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’.