"she must be loved"

Amanda Origin and Meaning

The name Amanda is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "she must be loved".

Amanda may no longer be the most popular girls' name in her class, but she is still among the prettiest and has a lovely meaning. Amanda was one of the romantic-sounding girls’ names that rocketed to stardom in the eighties, along with Samantha, Vanessa, et al.

Despite its somewhat trendy feel, Amanda is a certifiable classic—it appears in a play as early as 1694 and was prominent among saints, eighteenth century literary heroines, and in plays by Noel Coward and Tennessee Williams. But if you're looking for a fresher alternative, you might consider the French Amandine or Shakespearean Miranda.

# 463 in the US

Amanda Rank in US Top 1000

# 460 on Nameberry

Amanda Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Amanda Popularity

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Famous People Named Amanda

  • Amanda Laura BynesAmerican actress
  • Amanda Michelle SeyfriedAmerican actress
  • Amanda Leigh "Mandy" MooreAmerican singer and actress
  • Amanda Blake (born Beverly Louise Neill)American actress
  • Amanda Lepore (born Armand Lepore)American model
  • Amanda Reifermusician of Barbadian band Cover Drive
  • Amanda CrewCanadian actress
  • Amanda PeetAmerican actress
  • Amanda Michael PlummerAmerican actress, daughter of actor Christopher Plummer
  • Amanda LearFrench singer and TV presenter
  • Amanda JonesMiss USA 1973
  • Amanda KesselAmerican Olympic hockey player
  • Amanda FullerAmerican actress
  • Amanda Nicole PerezAmerican R&B singer
  • Amanda Jo AdkinsAmerican Olympic swimmer
  • Amanda Ray BeardAmerican Olympic swimmer
  • Amanda RighettiAmerican actress
  • Amanda RipleyAmerican journalist and author
  • Amanda TappingEnglish,Canadian actress
  • Amanda LaineCanadian model
  • Amanda Michelle ToddCanadian teen whose suicide raised cyberbullying awareness
  • Amanda MacKinnon Gaiman PalmerAmerican singer of band The Dresden Dolls
  • Amanda Quickpseudonym of novelist Jayne Ann Krentz
  • Amanda Harlech (born Amanda Jane Grieve)English fashion muse
  • Amanda WakeleyEnglish fashion designer
  • Amanda EvoraAmerican Olympic pair skater
  • Amanda (Louisa Kretz Lameche)French pop singer
  • Amanda "Mandy" DruryAmerican TV journalist
  • Amanda de CadenetEnglish photographer and TV presenter
  • Amanda Louise HoldenEnglish actress and TV presenter
  • Amanda Randolph HearstAmerican heiress and model
  • Amanda FreitagAmerican celebrity chef
  • Amanda Marie KnoxAmerican woman imprisoned in Italy
  • Amanda CoetzerSouth African tennis player
  • Amanda Katherine AnkaBateman, American actress
  • Amanda Jeanette DetmerAmerican actress
  • Azealia Amanda BanksAmerican singer
  • Amanda Kate Lambertdaughter of singer Nancy Sinatra
  • Amanda Cavendish12th Duchess of Devonshire
  • Amanda Felicitas SteptoCanadian actress
  • Amanda Brooke FeinAmerican actress; twin sister Caitlin Fein
  • Amanda Abbington (born Amanda Jane Smith)English actress
  • Amanda Joy "A.J." MichalkaAmerican singer/actress of duo 78Violet
  • Amanda PaysEnglish actress
  • Amanda "Mandy" Lee DuffyAmerican singer of band MisterWives
  • Amanda Jo WeirAmerican swimmer
  • Amanda Lynn SteeleAmerican YouTube beauty vlogger and model
  • (Karin) Amanda BergmanSwedish musician and songwriter
  • Amanda VirkkunenFinnish rhythmic gymnast
  • Amanda WellshBrazilian model
  • Amanda Trivizas (b. 1999) American model & Instagram Star
  • Amanda Cerny (b. 1991) Playboy Playmate
  • Amanda Booth (b. 1986) model & actress who is the Playboy Playmate of the Month for February 2014
  • Amanda Taylor (b. 1996) American model
  • Amanda Williford AKA Willa FordAmerican Singer and Actress

Amanda in Pop Culture

  • Amanda "Mandy" Baxtercharacter on Last Man Standing.
  • Amanda Rollinscharacter on TV's "Law & Order: SVU"
  • Amanda Wingfieldcharacter in Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie"
  • Amandacharacter in the Kingdom Keepers series by Ridley Pearson
  • Amanda Bonnercharacter in movie "Adam's Rib"
  • Amanda Beckettcharacter in movie "Can't Hardly Wait"
  • Amanda Clarkebirth name of character Emily Thorne on TV's "Revenge"
  • Amanda Jean King (nee West)character on 1980's TV show "Scarecrow and Mrs. King"
  • Amanda Kruegermother of Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare on Elm Street series
  • Amanda Collinscharacter on TV's "Nikita"
  • Amanda Graysoncharacter on TV's "Star Trek"
  • Amanda Tannercharacter on TV's "Scandal"
  • Amandacharacter on TV's "Shameless" US
  • Amanda "Mandy" Milkovichcharacter on TV's "Shameless" US
  • Amanda Ellerbycharacter in the Willow Falls series by Wendy Mass
  • Amanda De Santacharacter in Grand Theft Auto video games
  • Amanda Lemmoncharacter in movie "It Takes Two"
  • Amanda Mueller aka The Black Wombcharacter in X,Men comics
  • Amanda Wallercharacter in DC Comics
  • Amanda Youngcharacter in Saw movies
  • Amanda Bentleymain character in "Amanda" by Candice F. Ransom
  • Amanda Ripleydaughter of Ellen Ripley in the "Alien" series
  • Amanda Brotzmancharacter in "Dirk Gently's Holictic Detective Agency"
  • Amandacharacter in "Dream Daddy"
  • "Amanda" 2009 movie and main character
  • "Amanda" song by both Don Williams and Waylon Jennings
  • "Amanda"song by Boston
  • "Amanda" song by Green Day
  • "Amanda" children's book by Wolo Von Trutzschler, about a snake named Amanda
  • Amanda Woodwardcharacter on the TV series "Melrose Place" played by Heather Locklear