- this week

Gender: Male Meaning of Amos: "carried by God" Origin of Amos: Hebrew Amos's Popularity in 2017: #704

The name Amos is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "carried by God". Amos is ranked #704 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Quick Question Thread?!".

From the experts:

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. The name was also 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.

Find other names based on Amos using our baby name generator.

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
Wallace "Wally" Amos, Jr., American who founded the chocolate chip cookie brand "Famous Amos"
Tori Amos, American singer-songwriter

Pop Culture References for the name Amos

Amos Jones, character in radio show "Amos 'n' Andy," an American radio and TV sitcom set in Harlem, Manhattan's historic black community, arguably fostering racial stereotypes
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 Edwards, character in "The Searchers"
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
Amos, warrior and optional party member in video game 'Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation'
Amos Conti, character in the movie and book "Wonder"
Amos Burton, character in the sci-fi novels and television show "The Expanse"


stepx Says:


i think any negative associations are short lived. The cookie or the old racially insensitive show.....and its a great under used biblical name. Im very fond of it and would consider it for my upcoming boy. Has the same vibe as Moses in fact.

ashrowla01 Says:


you're not alone! Amos was actually my maiden name, and the most common pronunciation was closer to "Amus/Amis" which VERY quickly turned into anus jokes because sometimes kids are jerks haha

paulapuddephatt Says:


I totally love this name. I actually started to love it after we called a pet canary this name. The bird was originally supposed to be a female companion for our other canary, Arrow (also now an increasingly popular name!) The original name was therefore Amy. We had to change it - as well as separate the two birds - once we found out that "Amy" was a boy. I came up with the new name of Amos. And I've just fallen in love with it. It's an underused Biblical name and I can see it becoming much more popular.

totoro182 Says:


I'm so sorry but all I can think about is "anus."

Nora Meyer Says:


Well, actually this is a Hebrew name of a prophet and not a Greek word. First of all the Greek word άμμος is written with double m and the name doesn't. Also, the pronunciation is completely different

Sotiris Says:


Amos is actually an Ancient Greek and Modern Greek word for sand and its word origin is actually from Ancient Greek....

RoddyThlayli Says:


My brain wants to dislike this because of the guy in Fox and the Hound, and wants to like it because of the character in the Kane Chronicles.

Louise Wilding Says:


I'm not overly fond of Amos

raevynstar Says:


Amos is a good name, but I do sort of associate it with Famous Amos cookies.

Kisa Says:


Guys I'm 23 and American and I have NO IDEA what Amos N' Andy is. The only time I heard this name was when I watched the movie Chicago and heard of Amos Hart (husband to Roxie Hart), and I liked the name. I say if you want to use Amos as a name, go for it. I think that only the really old will know what Amos N' Andy is.

scblovesnames Says:


A name quite ready to have a new image associated with it. I didn't know about the racial show Amos and Andy (I'm 25), but I do know that this name is a unique biblical choice along with Silas, Abel and Zebedee.

clairels Says:


Grinning, toothless old man handing out cookies.

Chey_Rhose_Dell Says:


I love LOVE this name.. it's just a pure name that has such a great meaning!