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Gender: Female Meaning of Amanda: "she must be loved" Origin of Amanda: Latin Amanda's Popularity in 2018: #369

The name Amanda is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "she must be loved". Amanda is ranked #369 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Love and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".

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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Popularity

Amanda is #695 on Nameberry

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Pop Culture References for the name Amanda

Amanda's International Variations

Amande, Amandine (French)

Comments

paulapuddephatt Says:

2016-11-19T22:51:23

Beautiful name

mill1020 Says:

2016-10-06T18:28:52

Liking this lately.

glitterpenis Says:

2016-09-20T04:07:39

I adored that book as a child!

ZPK Says:

2016-09-12T13:38:06

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:

2016-06-09T18:46:30

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:

2015-10-07T19:35:14

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

ZPK Says:

2015-08-21T08:45:05

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:

2015-06-18T17:45:27

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:

2015-06-11T18:20:41

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:

2015-03-24T17:20:16

I'm an Amanda too, I understand ;)

Bobcat108 Says:

2015-03-17T02:46:49

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:

2015-03-17T02:14:00

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

indiefendi2 Says:

2015-03-06T04:03:14

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

lexibatt Says:

2014-12-19T00:53:57

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:

2014-12-16T10:21:23

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

DearestJules Says:

2014-12-16T06:07:43

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:

2014-12-16T04:36:47

a man, duh

Catastroffy Says:

2014-11-13T19:40:52

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

jasminegarden Says:

2014-08-25T20:14:15

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.