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What does Ames mean?

Ames Pronunciation of Ames [ames] as a boys' name is pronounced aymz. It is of French origin, and the meaning of Ames is "friend". The name may be related to the Latin word for love, "amor", or may have referred to those who lived near elm trees, or may be a variant of Amos (Hebrew) "borne by God". Rare.

Associated with: friend, trees.


Ames has 2 variants: Aimes and Aymes.

2 more related forms via Amos: Am and Amoss.

Creative forms:
(male) Ahes, Ales, ..

(female) Amat, Amesi, ..

Middle name pairings:
Ames Cannon (A.C.), ..

How popular is Ames?

Ames is a rare given name for men but a very popular surname for both adults and children (#1499 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Amos (#732 a year ago) is the only prominent related form of Ames (unlisted). This form of Ames was at the height of its popularity a century ago (usage of 0.1%) and is now significantly less conventional, with Amos becoming somewhat dated. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Amos in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ames and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Ames is pronounced similarly to Eames. Other suggested similar names are Abe, Abel, Abey, Ace, Acee, Acel, Acey, Ade, Adel, Aden, Aed, Ahmed, Ahmet, Aias, Alec, Aled, Alek, Alem, Alen, Alex, Amad, Amal, Amasa, Amby, Amed, Ameen, Ameer, Amein, Ameir, Amel, Amer, Amery, Amias, Amid, Amil, Amin, Amir, Amit, Amjed, Ammer, Amor, Amr, Amry, Amyas, Amyees (see Amyas), Amyel, Amyes (see Amyas), Amyn, Arek, Ares, Arese, Aries, Aris, Arles, Armen, Ase, Asen, Atef, Ave, Avel, Axel, Ayers, Aymer, Des, Ermes, Ines, Ives, James, Kees, Les, Rees, Ries, Wes and Yves. These names tend to be more frequently used than Ames.

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