Hello Chester and Mathew, From what I understand Most the AMENT family came from the area known as Franconia. "Middle Germany", North and south of the Main River and around and east of the Rhine river. From Baden, Hesse, northern Bayern and around southern Saxony. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franconiahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franconia This not to say that they were the only AMEND's AMAND's or that there was only one originator of the name. There are Amend's from Franceand or the area to the west of Germany of Alsace-Lorraine http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alsace-Lorrainehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alsace-Lorraine and other places. Possibly originating from those area's. I have heard of some Amend's claiming to be from French Huguenots http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huguenotshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huguenots but have never found any proof of that. I think many of the Netherland Amends came from Germany after the 30 year war. As well as some of the AMEND / AMENTs from Austria and Switzerland. Most agree that of German origin. What Chester has stated I believe to be true, the name started out differently. See postings on the Amend and Ament boards on rootsweb.com or and http://boards.ancestry.com/mbexec?htx=message&r=rw&p=surnames.amend&m=66http://boards.ancestry.com/mbexec?htx=message&r=rw&p=surnames.amend&m=66
The name changed at the following way: “de Ende” (um/about 1323), “an dem Ende” (um/about 1363), “Amende” (um/about 1428). Later some families spelled the name AMENT. My AMEND family line changed there spelling in about the 1700's to AMENT. So did some of the Kuelsheim AMEND. So in Germany you must look for both spellings. I am related to many AMEND's and AMENT's from Germany / Europe that are now living in the states, coming over at different periods in history. Who is the oldest AMENT / AMEND you have in Germany?