Name: Amanda

Origin and Meaning of the Name Amanda

  • Meaning:
    She who must be loved
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  • Meaning:
    Active; bright
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  • Pronunciation:
    (a MAN da)
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    Itself (Amanda)
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Miscellaneous Info for Amanda

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  • Used in:
    English speaking countries
  • Additional Info:
    Amanda is the feminine gerundive of the Latin verb 'amo' (I love) and thus literally means 'she who must be loved'. In the US, Amanda was particularly popular in the 1980s. Amanda can also be a male name which is Sanskrit in origin.

    Notable bearers include actresses Amanda Bynes and Amanda Peet. 'The Amanda Show' was a children's television show starring Amanda Bynes.

    Amanda's Pennant or Celithemis Amanda is a type of dragonfly.

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Popularity Rank of Amanda (US top 1000 names since 1880)

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