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Gender: Female Pronunciation: uh-MAND-luh Meaning of Amandla: "power" Origin of Amandla: Zulu and Xhosa

Amandla Origin and Meaning

The name Amandla is a girl's name meaning "power".

A mighty lion in sheep's clothing. Though Amandla looks, to the untrained eye, like a variant of milquetoast Amanda, it actually derives from the word for "power" in the Zulu and Xhosa languages, two of the major languages of South Africa. Anti-Apartheid activists often used the phrase "Amandla Awethu!", meaning "power to the people," as a rallying cry at protests. There was also a 2002 documentary about the role of music in the downfall of Apartheid called "Amandla."

As a first name, it's increasingly associated with hip young actress Amandla Stenberg, best known for playing Rue in the "Hunger Games" series. She was specifically named after a 1989 album by Miles Davis.

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Leonina Says:

2017-10-09T06:20:03

Nun-dee-nee?

That's at least my guess...

iipostmvh Says:

2017-09-17T12:57:43

What is the pronunciation of your name?

Catgirlmri Says:

2017-09-16T23:33:46

Well, it's not as bad as it could be. My name, for example, is Nandini. Total pronunciation nightmare.

Starelli Says:

2017-09-09T11:40:53

It's not a misspelling. It is Zulu and Xhosa for power. Mandla/Amandla are common in South Africa. That being said, it wouldn't roll off the tongue as easily over in western/English-speaking countries. Most kids would be frequently correcting Amandla to Amanda.

NykkiJo Says:

2017-09-03T23:14:58

Absolutely agree.

Annie Says:

2017-08-17T22:57:41

I do not think this would be a nice name, because people would ask you to repeat it all the time.

adkspr Says:

2017-08-11T19:03:05

This just looks like a type-o. Using "Amanda" as-is is a much better option.

Gracie15 Says:

2017-07-28T16:13:48

People will mistake it for Amanda all the time. You'll be like -My name is Amandla- and they'll be like- Amanda?

Mhill46 Says:

2017-07-25T16:18:36

Very awkward sounding. Doesn't roll off the tongue very well at all. I strongly dislike this.

cj85 Says:

2017-07-24T17:28:21

I like it more than Amanda.