When Samuel Ames was born on 12 July 1842, in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States, his father, Ira V Ames, was 37 and his mother, Sarah Johnston, was 28. He married Isabella Leishman on 13 January 1864, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States in 1850 and Cache, Utah, United States in 1860. He died on 10 January 1924, in Cleveland, Bannock, Idaho, United States, at the age of 81, and was buried in Cleveland Cemetery, Franklin, 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’.
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