20 December 2012

Name Origins Ambrose

Name Origins

by Julie Helen Otto, Staff Genealogist

AMBROSE (from Late Latin family name AMBROSIUS) (m): 

The name came into use in the Middle Ages due to the great Church Father 
St. Ambrose, Bishop of Milan (339–397).

 While rather uncommon in Puritan New England (probably because of possible Catholic connotations), AMBROSE does appear in certain families and localities, often as a "marker" name; e.g. at Stratford, Conn., where it usually indicates descent from or associations with descendants of immigrants John and Mirable (Griggs?) Thompson, whose son Ambrose Thompson was born there 1 January 1651 [Barbour Collection].

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