🔼The name Amos: Summary
- From the verb עמס ('amas), to carry.
🔼The name Amos in the Bible
Amos is a minor prophet of Israel and a farmer; a herdsman and grower of sycamores (Amos 7:14). He lived and worked in the 8th century BC. There is also an Amos mentioned in the Lucan genealogy of Christ (Luke 3:25, spelled Αμως). We don't know anything about this Amos but judging from his place in the lineage he probably lived sometime during the 3rd century BC.
🔼Etymology of the name Amos
The name Amos derives from the Hebrew verb עמס (amas) to load or carry a load:
Both the verbs עמש ('amas) and עמס ('amas) mean to load or carry a load. Noun מעמסה (ma'amasa) means load or burden.
For a meaning of the name Amos, Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads Burden. NOBSE Study Bible Name List gives Amos the meaning of Burden Bearer.