First name origins & meanings:

  1. Latin: Loves
  2. French: Friend

Last name origins & meanings:

  1. 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.
  2. 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’.
  3. William Ames, the son of Richard Ames of Bruton, Somerset, came to Braintree, MA, from England in about 1640. He had numerous prominent descendants.
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