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Gender: M Meaning of Ambrose: "immortal one" Origin of Ambrose: Latin

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A favorite of British novelists including Evelyn Waugh and P. G. Wodehouse, Ambrose has an air of blooming well-being and upper-class erudition. It comes from the same Greek root as 'ambrosia', the food of the gods, literally 'belonging to the immortals.'

Ambrose was the name of one of the important doctors of the early Christian church, the fourth century St. Ambrose. It also belonged to one of the four great Latin teachers of Christianity, who also developed the use of music in church services. TV fanatics might be interested to know that in 1961, Ambrose was designated the patron saint of educational television by Pope John XXII.

Ambrose's only problem is finding a nickname--aside from the all too obvious Rosie.

Famous People Named Ambrose

Saint Ambrose, 4th century archbishop of Milan, patron of learning and bees
Ambrose Bierce, author
Ambrose E. Burnside, American Civil War general
Ambrose Price, Canadian HGTV personality
Ambrose Olsen, American model
Ambrose Powell Hill Jr, American Civil War general

Pop Culture References for the Name Ambrose

Ambrose Monk, Adrian Monk's brother on TV series "Monk"
Ambrose Silk, in Evelyn Waugh's Put Out More Flags (1942; "portrait of the homosexual eccentric and writer, Brian Howard")
Ambrose Jakis, character in "The Kingkiller Chronicles" by Patrick Rothfuss
Ambrose Spike, a hedgehog in the book "Redwall," by Brian Jacques
Ambrose Chappell/Ambrose Chapel, a person and a place in Alfred Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much

Ambrose's International Variations

Ambroise (French) Ambrus (Hungarian) Ambrós (Irish Gaelic) Ambrogio, Ambrosi (Italian) Ambrosio (Portuguese) Ambrosius (Swedish) Emrys (Welsh)