The surname Ames is usually either French or Hebrew in origin. The French name comes from the noun amie, meaning a friend or a beloved. Ultimately it is derived from the Latin amicus a derivative of amare, "to love." In Hebrew it literally means burden, but is actually derived from the Hebrew prophet Amos. The name may also be a contraction of Ambrose or Eames.
Variations: Ames, Eames, Aimes, Amos