Transferred use of the surname, in origin a local name from the English county. This is probably named with a Celtic word meaning ‘border’. Use as a given name is of recent origin, but it is now quite popular. It may in part be seen as a short form of Kenton.
English: from the Old French and Middle English personal name Amys, Amice, which is either directly from Latin amicus ‘friend’, used as a personal name, or via a Late Latin derivative of this, Amicius.