The Amish is a group of Christians and subgroup of Mennonite churches. This is the reason why they are also called Amish Mennonites. They stay away from the use of modern technology, as they strive to maintain a simple way of living. Amish names are often biblical as they are religious, though there are also those that are uncommon. Amish churches have directories of families that are under their church, which contain the names of their members.
Many Amish bear similar names, as well as surnames. This is why nicknames are often given to each individual in order to easily identify them from one another. Some of the nicknames used are those that identify family lines such as Nip, Bottle, Beanie and Boys. Amish often do not have middle names. To separate those that share the same name as other individuals from another family, the first letter of the father’s name is often used as their middle initial. Another method of giving them a nickname is by associating them with their parents’ names. For instance, two boys share the name Mark and one is the son of Mary, while the other is the son of Ruth. The boys can be called “Mary’s Mark” and “Ruth’s Mark” to differentiate them from each other. Their job titles are also used for their identification like “mason John” or “carpenter Abram.”
Amish Boy Names
Some of the most common Amish boy names are the following:
• Joseph – this is Hebrew in origin, meaning “God will increase.” It is also the name of Mary’s husband, who is the mother of Jesus.
• Mark – this name is Latin in origin, which means “hammer” and “warlike.”
• Timothy – this came from the Greek name Timotheos, which means “honored by God,” “in God’s honor” and “honoring God.”
• Michael – this is Hebrew in origin, meaning “who is like God?”
• John – this is Latin, Greek and Hebrew in origin meaning “Graced by Yahweh.”
• Peter – this Greek name means “rock” or “stone.”
• David – this is a Biblical Hebrew name, which means “beloved” or “darling.”
• Elijah – this name means “My God is Yahweh.”
• Evan – this name was derived from the name John. It means “God is good.”
• Jonas – this is a Hebrew name that means “Gift from God.”
• Abe – this was derived from the name Abraham. It is a Hebrew name that means “father of a multitude.”
• Isaac – this name means “he will laugh.” He was the only son of Abraham and Sarah.
• Jacob – this is a Hebrew name that means “to follow.” He is the son of Rebecca and Isaac.
Amish Girl Names
Some of the most common Amish girl names are the following:
• Elizabeth – this is a Greek name that means “I am God’s daughter,” “oath of God” or “God’s promise.”
• Mary – this is the name of Jesus’ mother. Mary means “wished-for child.”
• Eliza – this is another variation of the name Elizabeth.
• Ruth – this is a Hebrew name that means “companion.”
• Anna – this is the Latin form of the Hebrew name Hannah, which means “grace” or “favor.”
• Sarah – in the Old Testament and Hebrew Bible, Sarah was the wife of Abraham. The name means “woman of high rank,” “princess” or “woman minister.”
• Leah – this name means “weary” in Hebrew. It is also the name of Jacob’s wife in the Old Testament.
• Grace – this name means “favor” or “pleasing quality.” It also refers to God’s unconditional love to His people.
• Eva – this is a Latin name, which is the same as the English name Eve. It means “living one” or “life.”
• Jane – this is an English name that means “Yahweh is merciful.”
• Martha – this name means “the lady.” It is also a name that appeared in the Bible. She was the sister of Lazarus, whom Jesus resurrected from the dead.
• Miriam – this is another form of the name Mary.
Common Amish Surname
If a lot of Americans share the last names Smith, Johnson, Williams, Jones and Brown; there are also common surnames that Amish use and here are some of them.