Amanda: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Amanda

Amanda

Pronunciation: ah-MAN-də (key)

Origin of the name Amanda:

Derived from the Latin amanda (lovable, worthy to be loved). Amanda originated as a literary coinage of English playwright Colley Cibber (1671 - 1757).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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In Latin, the passive periphrastic (a future participle), from which the name Amanda is a direct carry-over, almost always has a sense of necessity. The verb it is derived from is amo, meaning love. In this case, the participle is passive. Therefore, the name Amanda actually means something like "she who must be loved."

Female form of the male name Amand as in Saint Amand the patron saint of beer.

Personal experiences with the name Amanda: | Edit

I was named after my great grandmother. Unfortunately I was born in the 80's when it was super popular. Therefore I both love & hate my name. I have never felt like it fits me either. The stupid jokes & the popularity of it have seriously damaged it for me.

I was named Amanda after the popular Boston song of the same name in the 1980s. I have always LOVED this association since the name is very popular in my age group. Being named after the song sets me apart a little bit, and it's a great song :)

My little sister, Amanda, refuses to be called Mandy. She tells me I can't give her a nickname. But, shes allowed to give me a nickname of course...

-I grew up in the 80's when the name Amanda hit it's peak in popularity. There were always lots of other Amanda's at my school and sometimes more than one in my classes so we had to be called Amanda and our last initial. To be honest, I've always disliked my name. It's FAR too popular and people make up stupid little jokes for it like A-man-DUH and A man da hug and kiss. It's gets old. I think the french version of the name "Amandine" is much prettier and more unique.

My younger cousins name is Amanda Grace, she has 3 younger siblings. Jonathan Edward, Alyson Rose and Elizabeth Eleanor. Their ages are 9, 7, 5 and 4.

I really like my name. I love the meaning (worthy of love), and the way it sounds. The only thing I don't like about it is it's way too popular, and people always make refernces to "The Amanda Show" when they first meet me, which gets on my nerves.

I have a close friend named Amanda. I've known a lot of Amandas and in my experience, they are selfless, kind and caring people who are often very smart.

- I love my name! Unfortunately, like the person above me, I grew up in the time when "The Amanda Show" was really popular. I don't use the nicknames Mandy or Manda, but my family uses them anyway. My mom also sometimes calls me "Man."

-- My name is Amanda. I grew up at a time when it was ridiculously popular. I hated having to introduce myself as "Amanda H." because there were so many of us in my school (which was tiny!). That being said, I do feel my name has aged very well and I find it to be lovely, and I don't mind it so much now.

--My parents named me Amanda from the Don Williams (or Waylon Jennings, which are NOT the same person) song, Amanda. I was (and still am) always called Mandi, except in school or business, or when I'm in TROUBLE! I specifically remember two girls in high school who shared the same name as me: one actually went by Manda, the other had the same first AND last name, and our middle names both started with C, the only difference was she went by Mandy, and I Mandi. I still enjoy my name, most of the time. It is timeless and elegant.

Nicknames for Amanda: | Edit

Mandy, Manda, Mindy, Mena, Manni, Andy, Mandie, Mandi, Ammy, Amie, Mandee, Mander, Maddy, amanda-panda Amy

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Famous real-life people named Amanda: | Edit

Amanda Seyfried, American actress
Amanda Bynes, American actress
Amanda Peet, American actress
Amanda Beard, American Olympic swimmer
Amanda Bearse, American actress

Amanda in song, story & screen: | Edit

"Amanda", a song by Boston
The Amanda, a Norwegian movie award
Amanda, a female immortal on Highlander: The Series
Amanda, character on Buffy the Vampire Slayer
The Amanda Show, a comedy/variety television program
Amanda Young, Jigsaw's apprentice from the Saw series of movies
Amanda Grayson, Spock's mother, character, Star Trek
"Amanda", a song by Waylon Jennings
Amanda Lockhart, from the Kingdom Keeper series by Ridley Pearson
Amanda Lemmon, in the 1995 film "It Takes Two"
Amanda Rollins, detective from Dick Wolfs (Law & Order SVU)

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