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Gender: M Meaning of Amos: "carried by God" Origin of Amos: Hebrew Amos's Popularity in 2014: #693

Amos has been shunned since the 1930s due to its association with racially stereotyped characters on the radio and TV show "Amos 'n' Andy," but we think it's time to move beyond that dated image and reconsider this robust biblical name.

Amos was an eighth century BC prophet whose sayings are collected in the biblical Book named after him, and the name was popular among the Puritans.

There are characters named Amos in novels by George Eliot and Thomas Hardy, and its most famous contemporary bearer is Israeli author Amos Oz. The name has also been associated with Famous Amos cookies, a company founded by Wally Amos.

Famous People Named Amos

Amos, minor Biblical prophet
Amos Lee (born Ryan Anthony Massaro), American singer-songwriter
Amos Oz, Israeli novelist
Amos Muzyad Yakhoob Kairouz, birth name of American actor Danny Thomas
Amos Joseph Otis, American baseball player
Amos Wilson Rusie, American baseball player
Amos Zereoué, American NFL football player
Amos Bronson Alcott, American educator, writer and reformer; father of novelist Louisa May Alcott
Amos Emerson Dolbear, American physicist
Amos Edward Joel, American electrical engineer
Amos Mansdorf, Israeli tennis player
Amos Nathan Tversky, Israeli-American psychologist
Amos Gitai, Israeli film director
Tori Amos, American singer-songwriter

Pop Culture References for the name Amos

Amos Jones, character in radio show "Amos 'n' Andy"
Amos Slade, character in Disney's "The Fox and the Hound"
Amos Mouse, character in Disney's "Ben and Me"
Amos Diggory, character in the Harry Potter series
Amos Hart, husband of Roxie Hart in musical "Chicago"
Amos Daragon, fantasy series by Bryan Perro and its main character
Amos Kane, character in the Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan
Amos, one of the balloonists in video game "Spyro the Dragon"
"A Sick Day for Amos McGee," children's book by Philip and Erin Stead
Famous Amos, cookie brand