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Gender: Female Meaning of Amanda: "she must be loved" Origin of Amanda: Latin Amanda's Popularity in 2017: #334

The name Amanda is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "she must be loved". Amanda is ranked #334 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Love and discussed in our forums with posts like "Drop Your Favorite: GIRLS!".

From the experts:

After a long run as the prettiest senior in class, this romantic name has lost some of its glossy sheen, though it's still quite lovely and well used. 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.

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Famous People Named Amanda

Amanda Laura Bynes, American actress
Amanda Michelle Seyfried, American actress
Amanda Leigh "Mandy" Moore, American singer and actress
Amanda Blake (born Beverly Louise Neill), American actress
Amanda Lepore (born Armand Lepore), American model
Amanda Reifer, musician of Barbadian band Cover Drive
Amanda Crew, Canadian actress
Amanda Peet, American actress
Amanda Michael Plummer, American actress, daughter of actor Christopher Plummer
Amanda Lear, French singer and TV presenter
Amanda Jones, Miss USA 1973
Amanda Kessel, American Olympic hockey player
Amanda Fuller, American actress
Amanda Nicole Perez, American R&B singer
Amanda Jo Adkins, American Olympic swimmer
Amanda Ray Beard, American Olympic swimmer
Amanda Righetti, American actress
Amanda Ripley, American journalist and author
Amanda Tapping, English-Canadian actress
Amanda Laine, Canadian model
Amanda Michelle Todd, Canadian teen whose suicide raised cyberbullying awareness
Amanda MacKinnon Gaiman Palmer, American singer of band The Dresden Dolls
Amanda Quick, pseudonym of novelist Jayne Ann Krentz
Amanda Harlech (born Amanda Jane Grieve), English fashion muse
Amanda Wakeley, English fashion designer
Amanda Evora, American Olympic pair skater
Amanda (Louisa Kretz Lameche), French pop singer
Amanda "Mandy" Drury, American TV journalist
Amanda de Cadenet, English photographer and TV presenter
Amanda Louise Holden, English actress and TV presenter
Amanda Randolph Hearst, American heiress and model
Amanda Freitag, American celebrity chef
Amanda Marie Knox, American woman imprisoned in Italy
Amanda Coetzer, South African tennis player
Amanda Katherine Anka-Bateman, American actress
Amanda Jeanette Detmer, American actress
Azealia Amanda Banks, American singer
Amanda Kate Lambert, daughter of singer Nancy Sinatra
Amanda Cavendish, 12th Duchess of Devonshire
Amanda Felicitas Stepto, Canadian actress
Amanda Brooke Fein, American actress; twin sister Caitlin Fein
Amanda Abbington (born Amanda Jane Smith), English actress
Amanda Joy "A.J." Michalka, American singer/actress of duo 78Violet
Amanda Pays, English actress
Amanda "Mandy" Lee Duffy, American singer of band MisterWives
Amanda Jo Weir, American swimmer
Amanda Lynn Steele, American YouTube beauty vlogger and model
(Karin) Amanda Bergman, Swedish musician and songwriter
Amanda Virkkunen, Finnish rhythmic gymnast
Amanda Wellsh, Brazilian model

Pop Culture References for the name Amanda

Amanda "Mandy" Baxter, character on Last Man Standing.
Amanda Rollins, character on TV's "Law & Order: SVU"
Amanda Wingfield, character in Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie"
Amanda, character in the Kingdom Keepers series by Ridley Pearson
Amanda Bonner, character in movie "Adam's Rib"
Amanda Beckett, character in movie "Can't Hardly Wait"
Amanda Clarke, birth name of character Emily Thorne on TV's "Revenge"
Amanda Krueger, mother of Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare on Elm Street series
Amanda Collins, character on TV's "Nikita"
Amanda Grayson, character on TV's "Star Trek"
Amanda Tanner, character on TV's "Scandal"
Amanda, character on TV's "Shameless" US
Amanda "Mandy" Milkovich, character on TV's "Shameless" US
Amanda Ellerby, character in the Willow Falls series by Wendy Mass
Amanda De Santa, character in Grand Theft Auto video games
Amanda Lemmon, character in movie "It Takes Two"
Amanda Mueller aka The Black Womb, character in X-Men comics
Amanda Waller, character in DC Comics
Amanda Young, character in Saw movies
Amanda Bentley, main character in "Amanda" by Candice F. Ransom
Amanda Ripley, daughter of Ellen Ripley in the "Alien" series
Amanda Brotzman, character in "Dirk Gently's Holictic Detective Agency"
Amanda, character 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's International Variations

Amande, Amandine (French)


paulapuddephatt Says:


Beautiful name

mill1020 Says:


Liking this lately.

glitterpenis Says:


I adored that book as a child!

ZPK Says:


I was born in the 80s, maybe it was more popular then. The only time it really bothered me was in high school, especially since my best friend and I were both Amanda F. So I got to be Amanda #2 in a few classes. Lol.

NykkiJo Says:


Somehow, I have never had another Amanda in my group. I'm a mid-90s kid.

Did get the "a man--DUH" thing a lot, though.

georgiaO Says:


Too popular and just not pretty to me. Sorry to anyone who's names are Amanda..........

ZPK Says:


I think it's a pretty name with great meaning. However I hated that there were always at least 2 others in every class. I did get "she's a man...duh" in elementary school on occasion. But it never bugged me much. My family always called me Mae

Jinxgirl Says:


Amanda is still gentle and pretty and I'm sure will cycle back. I used to know an Amanda I called Aman-doll

certifiablymad Says:


Same here. Not sure what I did, as an Amanda, to deserve this. But. Okay. Sidenote to everyone: never shorten Amanda to Mandy unless you've been asked to/told to. #1 way to make me hate you is to call me Mandy.

ispyabrownbair Says:


I'm an Amanda too, I understand ;)

Bobcat108 Says:


I've always had a fondness for the name because of Julie Andrews' sweet book Mandy. As a kid back in the '70s I had a friend named Amanda, so that's another positive connotation for me.

Amanda Says:


well this makes me feel a lot better about my name. thanks guys

indiefendi2 Says:


Never liked this name. Always sounded like a mean girl, very curt.

lexibatt Says:


it sounds like a-man-duh. its not very feminine but yet its not masculine. the way i feel about this name is very complicated.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


I just think of Amanda Bynes, lol. Not very good either.

DearestJules Says:


Nameberry says Amanda is the name of the prettiest senior in class, but don't forget that can also give Amanda connotations of being a mean girl name. Actually, it just so happens the bully in the book I'm reading right now is named Amanda.

Plutophelia Says:


a man, duh

Catastroffy Says:


This has always seemed rather clunky and heavy to me, although I don't dislike it.

jasminegarden Says:


I admit that being a horror fan (and a massive fan of the Saw franchise & the character Amanda Young) made me fall in love with this name. It's beautiful yet familiar, a definite one for me to use.