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Gender: M Meaning of Amos: "carried by God" Origin of Amos: Hebrew Amos's Popularity in 2013: #778

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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.

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Famous People Named Amos

Amos, 8th Century (B.C.E.) prophet
Amos Lee, American musician and singer
Amos Oz, Israeli author
Amos Muzyad Yakhoob Kairouz, birth name of American actor Danny Thomas
Tori Amos, born Myra Ellen Amos, American pianist/ singer-songwriter

Pop Culture References for the Name Amos

Amos Slade, from the Disney movie "The Fox and the Hound"
Amos Mouse, a character in Disney's "Ben and Me" (1953)
Amos Diggory, from the "Harry Potter" series
Famous Amos, American cookie brand
Amos 'n' Andy, radio show
Amos Hart, husband of Roxie Hart in the musical "Chicago"
Amos Daragon, a series of fantasy fiction books by the Quebecer writer Bryan Perro, Amos is also the name of the main character
Amos is a city located in northwestern Quebec, Canada
Amos Kane, uncle of Carter and Sadie Kane in the Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan
Amos, one of the balloonists from game "Spyro the Dragon"
Amos McGee, from the children's book "A Sick Day for Amos McGee" by Philip and Erin Stead