Usage: Amanda, of Latin origin, is a very popular first name. It is more often used as a girl (female) name.
People having the name Amanda are in general originating from Australia, Belgium, Denmark, France, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States of America.
For another variant of the name Amanda across the world, see Mandy.
The Growth number corresponding to this first name is 7.
The name Amanda is ranked on the 30th position of the most used names. It means that this name is very frequently used.
We estimate that there are at least 8837600 persons in the world having this name which is around 0.122% of the population.
The name Amanda has six characters. It means that it is relatively medium-length, compared to the other names in our database.
The graph below represents the number of people who were given the name Amanda for each year since 1900 in the U.S.A.:
History and Origin
Amanda is a Latin female gerundive name meaning “having to be loved,” “deserving to be loved,” or, simply, “worthy of love.”
The name “Amanda” first appeared in 1212 on a birth record from Warwickshire, England, and five centuries later the name was popularized by poets and playwrights. In the United States, “Amanda” slowly became more prominent from the 1930s to the 1960s, ranking among the top 200 baby names.
From 1976 to 1995, “Amanda” ranked in the ten most popular female baby names in the United States. The name was most popular from 1978 to 1992, when it ranked in the top 4. At its prime, in 1980, it was the second most popular. In 2009, “Amanda” ranked number 166. It was ranked among the top ten names given to girls born in Puerto Rico in 2009. The name is also currently popular in Sweden, where it ranked twentieth for girls born in 2009, down five places from 2008. It is also popular in Swedish-speaking families in Finland, where it ranked among the top ten names for girls born to ethnic Swedes.
A 17th-century literary coinage from the Latin gerundive (feminine) amanda lovable, fit to be loved, from amāre to love. This is evidently modelled on Miranda. The masculine form Amandus, borne by various saints from the 4th to the 7th century, seems not to have been the source of the feminine form, and is itself not now used. The female name has enjoyed considerable popularity in the mid-20th century.
Short form: Manda.
Pet form: Mandy.
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