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A post office was established at Amity in 1849, and remained in operation until it was discontinued in 1906. Amity was platted in 1855. Amity is derived from a French word meaning "friendship".
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Amity, Indiana
- "Johnson County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 12 November 2014.
- Branigin, Elba L. (1913). History of Johnson County, Indiana. B. F. Bowen & Company. p. 549.
- Baker, Ronald L. (October 1995). From Needmore to Prosperity: Hoosier Place Names in Folklore and History. Indiana University Press. p. 51. ISBN 978-0-253-32866-3.
The name comes from the French word amitié, "friendship".
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