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Quick Facts on Amanda

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English, Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 298
Simple meaning:
Worthy of love, lovable

Characteristics of Amanda

  • Mystical
  • Wise
  • Eccentric
  • Intuitive
  • Imaginative
  • Philosophical
  • Solitary

Etymology & Historical Origin - Amanda

The name Amanda was invented in the 1600s from the Latin “amanda” meaning ‘lovable, worthy of love.’ Amanda is also a mutation of Miranda which was coined by William Shakespeare as the heroine of his 1611 play, “The Tempest.” Shakespeare invented Miranda from the Latin adjective “mirandus” which has a similar meaning as “amanda”: ‘admirable, lovely’ from the verb “mirari” meaning ‘to wonder at or admire.’

Popularity of the Name Amanda

The name Amanda was surprisingly popular in America over 100 years ago. The U.S. government starting tracking naming trends back in 1880. At that time, Amanda was a Top 100 favorite. However, as we moved into the 20th century, Amanda’s popularity began to wane and she hit an all time low in the 1930s and 1940s when the name was only given to a couple hundred baby girls born each year. The name started a reversal on the charts in the 1950s and by 1971; Amanda was back on the Top 100 list of most commonly used girl names. This time, the name came back on top with a vengeance and she landed a spot on the Top 10 in 1976 where she stayed for an impressive 20 years. Amanda’s heyday was during the 1980s when, for the entire decade, she was either the 3rd or 4th most popular name in America. The rock band Boston was clearly impressed with the name when they wrote the popular hit song “Amanda” released in 1986. The name exited the Top 100 list in 2006 and today it’s at the far end of the Top 200. No longer hyper-trendy or uber-popular, Amanda remains a “lovable” choice. The pet form, Mandy, is equally “worthy of love.”
Popularity of the Girl Name Amanda
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Amanda

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Amanda

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Amanda

    Amanda Wingfield (The Glass Menagerie) Amanda is the mother in Tennessee Williams 1944 play, The Glass Menagerie. Now, we love the name Amanda, but this character may not be the best example to use. It is, however, almost impossible not to refer to her. She is one of Williams’ favorite characters, the once-beautiful-but-fading Southern belle. As an abandoned wife who has had to struggle to raise her children under trying economic conditions, she is understandably mired in dreams of what used to be. This does not stop her from working hard and making sacrifices in order to provide as good a life as she can. Like any mother, she dreams of better things for her children; also like many mothers, she seems blind to some very obvious flaws in said children. Ultimately, she is misguided in the direction of her motherly love, but there is no doubt whatsoever that she is a loving mother. And those kids aren’t the best on the block, by any means.

  • Popular Songs on Amanda

    Popular Songs on Amanda

    Amanda - a song by Boston

    Amanda - a song by Waylon Jennings

    Amanda Jewell - a song by Ricky Skaggs

    Crazy Amanda Bunkface - a song by Sum 41

    Go Amanda - a song by Steve Earle

    I'm Mandy Fly Me - a song by 10cc

    Mandy - a song by Barry Manilow

    Mandy - a song by the Jonas Brothers

    Mandy - a song by Irving Berlin

    Mandy (The Pansy) - a song for trumpet player Eddie Calvert

    Mandy Goes to Med School - a song by The Dresden Dolls

    Mandy Is Two - a song by Billie Holiday

    Miss Amanda Jones - a song by The Rolling Stones

    Te Recuerdo Amanda - a song by Joan Baez

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Amanda

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Amanda

    Amanda Bean's Amazing Dream (Cindy Neuschwander) - An amazing dream convinces Amanda Bean of the powers of multiplication. This book is used in Teaching Arithmetic: Lessons for Introducing Multiplication, Grade 3. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Amanda in Spain: The Girl in the Painting (Darlene Foster) - Twelve-year old Amanda Ross from Canada sets off on a wonderful adventure in Spain with her friend Leah. It all begins when Amanda sees a girl in a painting, one of the figures in Velasquez's masterpiece, Las Meninas, at the Prado. She is mesmerized. As she travels, the girl in the painting seems to reappear wherever she is - is it a ghost or a real person? The mystery unfolds as Amanda and Leah discover Spain. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Amanda Pig Series (Jean Van Leeuwen) - "Tales of Amanda Pig" is a collection of gentle, calm stories about how Amanda the pig solves everyday situations, such as resolving a fight with her brother. In one story she is faced with food she doesn't like, in another her father helps her overcome her fear of a "monster" in the hallway. The last story is about going to bed. The pig parents are ideal - we humans should handle our kids this well! The book is wholesome enough to read aloud to very young kids, and easy for beginning readers to read on their own. Books in the series are: Amanda Pig and her Big Brother Oliver; Tales of Amanda Pig; More Tales of Amanda Pig; Oliver, Amanda, and Grandmother Pig; Oliver and Amanda's Christmas; Oliver Pig at School; Amanda Pig on Her Own; Oliver and Amanda's Halloween; Oliver and Amanda and the Big Snow; Amanda Pig, Schoolgirl; Amanda Pig and Her Best Friend Lollipop; Oliver and Albert, Friends Forever; Amanda Pig and The Awful Scary Monster; Oliver the Mighty Pig; Amanda Pig and the Really Hot Day; Oliver Pig and the Best Fort Ever; Amanda Pig, First Grader; Amanda Pig and the Wiggly Tooth. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Amanda’s Butterfly (Nick Butterworth) - Amanda's Butterfly is a beautiful, wordless picture book. Children love the delicate pictures that convey the story of a butterfly that Amanda catches, only to discover that it is really a lovely fairy with a torn wing. Amanda mends the fairy's wing with tape and then releases the pretty fairy back to nature and freedom. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Hooray for Amanda & Her Alligator! (Mo Willems) - Having a stuffed alligator for a best friend can be surprising. Sometimes Amanda surprises her alligator with books. Sometimes Alligator surprises Amanda by eating them. But what happens when Amanda brings home a special—and not entirely welcome—surprise? The result might be unexpected indeed. Beloved author-illustrator Mo Willems has created a funny and tender portrait of friendship that readers of any age will love. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    The Secret Life of Amanda K. Woods (Ann Cameron) - When Amanda's best friend, Lyle, moves away, Amanda is convinced that life is going to slide downhill. However, they share a magical moment before he leaves when they press their right hands together and "swap" hands. This "new" hand frequently gives her much needed hope and courage. Set in rural Wisconsin, this story of an eleven -year -old who lives with a difficult mother, a self-absorbed older sister, a beloved but distant father, never hits a false note. Privy to Amanda’s innermost thoughts, the reader empathizes completely with this appealing protagonist. Amanda grows and changes despite - or perhaps because of -spending most of her time coping with trying circumstances ... like the rest of us. Recommended for ages 8-12.

  • Famous People Named Amanda

    Famous People Named Amanda

    Famous People Named Amanda - Amanda Beard (swimmer); Amanda Coetzer (tennis player); Amanda Evora (figure skater); Amanda Bearse (actress); Amanda Bynes (actress); Amanda Palmer (musician); Amanda Peet (actress); Amanda Plummer (actress); Amanda Seyfried (actress); Amanda Hearst (heiress/socialite); Amanda Knox (American imprisoned in Italy); Amanda Leigh "Mandy" Moore (singer, actress)

  • Children of Famous People Named Amanda

    Children of Famous People Named Amanda

    Famous People who Named their Daughter Amanda - Billy Bob Thornton (actor); Ed Begley Jr. (actor); George Lucas (director/screenwriter); Paul Anka (singer); Paul Sorvino (actor)

  • Historic Figures

    Amanda - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Amanda - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Amanda.

Personality of the Girl Name Amanda

The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth".  Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.

Variations of the Baby Name - Amanda

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