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Quick Facts on Amos

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Hebrew
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 778
Simple meaning:
Carried (God’s word)

Characteristics of Amos

  • Communicative
  • Creative
  • Optimistic
  • Popular
  • Social
  • Dramatic
  • Happy

Etymology & Historical Origin - Amos

Amos is a name from the Hebrew Bible (the Old Testament) as one of the twelve Minor Prophets during the prosperous and active years of Israel. He is also the author of the Book of Amos, considered the oldest of the prophetic books written in the 8th century B.C. The name is most likely derived from the Hebrew “amos” (עָמוֹס) meaning “to carry” but is often translated to mean “born of God”. We think of Amos as “carrying” the word of God given his Biblical importance. Before being hand-picked as a prophet by God, Amos was a sheepherder and fig farmer from the southern kingdom of Judah. During Amos’s time, Judah and Israel were enjoying a fair share of political stability and economic prosperity. So what was the problem then? Well, when times are good, people tend to get a little lackadaisical about their duty to God and upholding His covenant. Enter Amos. It’s his job to let the people of Judah and Israel know that their hypocrisy has not gone unnoticed by the Almighty. According to Amos, the people of Judah and Israel are guilty of extravagance and social injustices, of idolatry and corruption. Yet they halfheartedly go through their obligatory religious rituals and sacrifices as if they’re perfect little citizens. Sorry, says Amos. God will cast His judgment and exact His punishment on the people. Just you wait and see. And that’s exactly what came to be. Although not all doom-and-gloom, God also promises to restore Israel after its necessary destruction. Just another one of those Biblical fatherly reminders that you better be good – and “pretending” to be good doesn’t count. As with many Hebrew names of the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible), Amos has been a popular name among Jewish people. The Puritans would later popularize the name among Gentiles during the Reformation and bring it to colonial America. Today Amos is rarely used, but it is on the male naming charts in the United States (and, with even lesser frequency, in Canada and Australia).

Popularity of the Name Amos

Although we don’t have available name data going back that far, we can probably say Amos was most popular in America during colonial times (as influenced by the Puritans and other strict religious folks). However, we do know that Amos was almost a Top 100 favorite name in the late 19th century (#105 in 1880). At the turn of the 20th century, Amos was on the high end of moderation. One of the most familiar fictional name bearers of the early 20th century was that of Amos Jones of the very popular radio show “Amos ‘n’ Andy” (1928-1955). Although widely denounced today for its stereotyped, minstrel-like treatment of African-Americans and for its “crude, repetitive and moronic” dialogue, Amos ‘n’ Andy was enormously popular in its day. The two titular African-American characters were created and voiced by a couple of white guys. Amos Jones was the naïve, honest one while Andy Brown was the overly confident one. The storylines generally followed Amos ‘n’ Andy as they sought better lives for themselves in Chicago. Although younger generations won’t remember this reference to an old radio show, for some Amos is strongly associated with this old character. In any case, as the decade progressed into last century, Amos saw dwindling popularity as these Old Testament fellows went out of style. The name dropped completely off the American radar in 2004 when for the first time ever Amos couldn’t find a place on the Top 1000 list. Now the name comes and goes but pretty much resides at the bottom of the list. Old fashioned Biblical names have been coming back into style (Noah, Ethan and Elijah, for example). Amos is still neglected and rarely used, so perhaps this name is a good choice for parents looking for a Biblical name of significance, but one which might be considered more original. The Bibles Major Prophets (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel) are already in wider circulation than many of the Minor Prophets (Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi). Amos is definitely better than Habakkuk, no?
Popularity of the Boy Name Amos
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Amos

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Amos

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Amos

    Amos We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Amos.

  • Popular Songs on Amos

    Popular Songs on Amos

    Amos Moses - a song by JR Williams

    Amos Moses - a song by Jerry Reed

    Amos Moses - a song by Primus

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Amos

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Amos

    A Is for Amos (Deborah Chandra) - Clippety clap clippety clap. A is for Amos and I'm on his back. B for the bumpety bridge we cross. C for the clippety clop of his trot…So begins an infectious rhythmic chant that takes a girl on an imaginary adventure on a wonderful horse. The countryside, the animals they see along the way, and a dramatic storm all figure in a story that takes its lead from the progression of the alphabet. Energetic watercolor illustrations adroitly capture the excitement of the ride, one readers will want to take again and again. Recommended for ages 3-6.

    A Sick Day for Amos McGee (Philip C. Stead) - The Best Sick Day Ever and the animals in the zoo feature in this striking picture book debut. Friends come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. In Amos McGee’s case, all sorts of species, too! Every day he spends a little bit of time with each of his friends at the zoo, running races with the tortoise, keeping the shy penguin company, and even reading bedtime stories to the owl. But when Amos is too sick to make it to the zoo, his animal friends decide it’s time they returned the favor. Recommended for ages 2-6.

    Amos & Boris (William Steig) - Amos the mouse and Boris the whale: a devoted pair of friends with nothing at all in common, except good hearts and a willingness to help their fellow mammal. They meet after Amos sets out to sail the sea and finds himself in extreme need of rescue. And there will come a day, long after Boris has gone back to a life at sea and Amos has gone back to life on dry land, when the tiny mouse must find a way to rescue the great whale. Amos & Boris is a 1971 New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year, Notable Children's Book of the Year, and Outstanding Book of the Year. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Amos Fortune, Free Man (Elizabeth Yates) - Amos Fortune was born the son of an African king. In 1725, when he was 15 years old, he was captured by slave traders, brought to America and sold at auction. For 45 years, Amos worked as a slave and dreamed of freedom. At 60, he began to see those dreams come true. A Newbery Honor Book. Recommended for ages 8-12.

    Amos's Sweater (Janet Lunn) - Amos the sheep is old and cold and sick of having his wool taken away. Despite his noisy objections, Aunt Hattie shears Amos once again and knits his precious wool into a beautiful, brightly colored sweater for Uncle Henry. Poor Amos decides that enough is enough and sets out to claim what is rightfully his. Kim LaFave's whimsical watercolors perfectly complement this hilarious tale of a curmudgeonly sheep's fight to get his wool back. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Amos: The Story of an Old Dog and His Couch (Susan Seligson) - Amos is an old dog who lives on a couch in an old house. He rarely stirs from his spot, until one day, while swatting at a fly, he hits the cushion hard wih his paw and the couch takes off. The next day, Amos is eager to try out his newly-discovered wheels - as soon as his owners have gone out. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    The Changing Colors of Amos (John Kinyon) - Amos, the leprechaun, changes colors every day. Enjoy the wonderful chalk drawings on each page! Recommended for ages 3-7.

  • Famous People Named Amos

    Famous People Named Amos

    Famous People Named Amos - Amos Mansdorf (Israeli tennis player); Amos Alonzo Stagg (pioneering coach); Amos Bronson Alcott (teacher, philosopher, reformer and father of author Louisa May Alcott); Amos Oz (Israeli author/journalist); Amos Tversky (cognitive psychologist); Amos Lee (singer/songwriter); Amos Gitai (Israeli filmmaker); Amos Rusie (Baseball Hall of Famer)

  • Children of Famous People Named Amos

    Children of Famous People Named Amos

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Amos - Andrea Bocelli (singer)

  • Historic Figures

    Amos - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Amos - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Amos.

Personality of the Boy Name Amos

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

Variations of the Baby Name - Amos

  • No Variations Found.
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