Overview of the Name Ambrose

Ambrose rings with an elevated tone, linked as it is to antiquity and Greco-Roman mythology. If one is looking for a rare name, this one very much suits. Though technically unisex, most prefer the female form of Ambrose, “Ambrosia” for baby girls.

Meaning of Ambrose

Ambrose comes from Ambrosios, the Latinization of the Greek name Ambrosios, meaning “of the Gods,” “not mortal,” and “immortal.” The nectar of the Gods, “ambrosia,” has the same root, of course; imbibing ambrosia enabled the Gods to maintain their immortality.

Popularity of Ambrose

Climbing up the ranks throughout 19th-century Britain, Ambrose reached its peak use in 1881. By 1900 the name’s usage slid decidedly, unwaveringly downward. In modern-day Britain, it is unusual to see more than 10 babies a year given the name.

Famous People Named Ambrose

One of the most recognisable historical figures with the name was Saint Ambrose, a doctor of the church who lived in 14th-15th century Italy.

British Historical Figures Named Ambrose

Ambroise/Ambrose the Poet, Chronicler of the Third Crusade.
Sir Ambrose Crowley 18th-century Sherriff of London and wealthy ironmonger.
Ambrose Phillips, 19th-century British poet

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