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Quick Facts on Sandra

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 766
Simple meaning:
Defender of mankind

Characteristics of Sandra

  • Communicative
  • Creative
  • Optimistic
  • Popular
  • Social
  • Dramatic
  • Happy

Etymology & Historical Origin - Sandra

Sandra developed as the abbreviated form of Alessandra (which is the Italian form of Alexandra). It is also sometimes considered a shortened form of Cassandra, as well. Interestingly, this is another name which was introduced for the first time in a literary work. An English writer used the name Sandra as a pet form for his heroine Emilia Alessandra Belloni in an obscure novel called “Emilia in London” which was later republished as “Sandra Belloni” in 1887 (a comic story about English social climbing in the Victorian era). Sandra is the admirable, beautiful, intelligent, humorous, musically-gifted, eccentric and passionate protagonist of the story, albeit from a simple background, but one who breathes all the life and love into the story as she is contrasted against the silly and vapid societal rules of Victorian England. Meredith’s novel is believed to have triggered the usage of Sandra as a female given name in the late 19th century. Today, Sandra is most popular in Poland, Spain and Norway.

Popularity of the Name Sandra

Sandra made her debut in the American female naming charts in 1913. The name saw immediate and steady increases in usage as she headed for the Top 100 list where she landed a position in 1934. Not content to stop there, Sandra soared to the Top 15 list of most commonly used girl names by 1938 and she parked herself there for the next almost 20 years. Sandra’s peak popularity came in 1947 when the name was the 5th most favorite in America. All told, Sandra maintained a position on the Top 100 list for 50 consecutive years (1934-1984). Her success in the late 1950s and 60s is further owed to actress and perpetual ingénue Sandra Dee (b. 1942). By the mid-1980s it became clear that this midcentury favorite was going out of style. She has been on a backwards trajectory ever since. Sandra has that same 1950s and 60s flavor as Linda, Donna and Patricia that just doesn’t seem to work in the 21st century. More modern day actresses such as Sandra Bullock and Sandra Oh have done little to propel the name back into more moderate usage. Another important name bearer is Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman ever to be appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court (by Ronald Reagan in 1981). As Sandra means “defender of mankind” we feel compelled to “defend” her name. It’s a pretty and unpretentious choice for a girl, and Sandy is an upbeat and friendly pet name.
Popularity of the Girl Name Sandra
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Sandra

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Sandra

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Sandra

    Sandra Belloni (Sandra Belloni) Sandra Belloni is the title character of George Meredith’s 1886 novel, Sandra Belloni, first published in 1864 as Emilia in England. The heroine is a beautiful and innocent young girl with a talent and a passion for music, who, over the course of the novel, goes from rags to riches, heartbreak to contentment. Sandra is of modest beginnings, but comes to the attention of more socially favorably placed persons, who help her along with her career, albeit not on an entirely altruistic basis. Among them are the three Pole sisters, social climbers extraordinaire, who also introduce her to their brother, with disastrous results. Mr. Meredith’s innate revulsion for snobbery and insincerity assure that our Sandra will triumph after all, and blossom into the fullness of her own exemplary nature.

    Sondra Finchley (An American Tragedy) Sondra Finchley is the high society love interest of Clyde Griffiths in Theodore Dreiser’s 1925 novel, An American Tragedy. In the 1951 movie based on it, called “A Place in the Sun”, she is seductively played by a young Elizabeth Taylor. Sondra is beautiful and rich, and as such, personifies everything that Clyde considers to be heaven on earth. With all the insouciance of her class, Sondra allows Clyde to attend to her in his adoring way, and eventually even bends so far as to fall in love with him in her own way. Clyde, of course, has impregnated a lowly factory worker, and seeks a desperate way out of that entanglement in order to be with Sondra. The results are indeed tragic, and as Clyde awaits his end in prison, he receives a note from Sondra – it is typed, it is unsigned, and it tells him he is not entirely forgotten. Sondra Finchley delivers a fatal sentence more devastating than the electric chair.

  • Popular Songs on Sandra

    Popular Songs on Sandra

    Golly Sandra - a song by Eisley

    Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee - a song sung by Olivia Newton John in the musical Grease

    Sandra - a song by Barry Manilow

    Sandra - a song by the Smoking Popes

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Sandra

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Sandra

    Best Friends: Sandy and her Cat Friends (Sheree Welshimer) - Children often struggle in developing friendships. Let them read the compelling story of Sandy, the golden retriever, who befriends Shadow, the tabby cat. Kindle edition. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Sandra Day O'Connor (Mary Hill) - An easy-to-read biography of Sandra Day O'Connor who, in 1981, became the first woman appointed a Supreme Court justice. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Sandy's Circus: A Story About Alexander Calder (Tanya Lee Stone) - As a boy, Sandy Calder was always fiddling with odds and ends, making objects for friends. When he got older and became an artist, his fiddling led him to create wire sculptures. One day, Sandy made a lion. Next came a lion cage. Before he knew it, he had an entire circus and was traveling between Paris and New York performing a brand-new kind of art for amazed audiences. This is the story of Sandy’s Circus, as told by Tanya Lee Stone with Boris Kulikov’s spectacular and innovative illustrations. Calder’s original circus is on permanent display at the Whitney Museum in New York City. Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Sandy's Rocket (Steven Banks) - A Spongebob Squarepants Chapter Book. When SpongeBob and Patrick take a tour of Sandy's rocket ship, they accidentally take off to the moon! But this moon looks strangely similar to Bikini Bottom. Will the "moon aliens" be safe from this blundering duo's plan? Will Sandy get her rocket back in one piece? Join SpongeBob and Patrick for an out-of-this-world adventure! Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Where is Simon, Sandy? (Donna Marie Seim) - Set on the Caribbean island of Grand Turk, Simon, the deliverer of water, falls ill. It is up to his faithful donkey, Sandy, to fulfill his duty. Sandy s story is charmingly depicted in vibrant watercolors. Based on the true story of the intelligence and loyalty of Sandy the donkey who saved the day by delivering water to the island s inhabitants. Recommended for ages 8-12.

  • Famous People Named Sandra

    Famous People Named Sandra

    Famous People Named Sandra - Sandra Bullock (actress); Sandra Day O'Connor (U.S. Supreme Court Justice); Sandra Bernhard (actress); Sandra Dee (actress); Sandra Oh (actress); Sandra Haynie (golfer); Sandra Meadows (basketball player)

  • Children of Famous People Named Sandra

    Children of Famous People Named Sandra

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Sandra - George Burns (comic/actor); Gracie Burns (comedienne, wife of George Burns); Jean Reno (French actor)

  • Historic Figures

    Sandra - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Sandra Day O’Connor (26 Mar 1930 – present) - Sandra Day O’Connor will forever hold the distinction of being the first woman ever appointed to the United States Supreme Court. Her tenure lasted from 1981 when she was appointed at the age of 51 by then-President Ronald Reagan through the George Dubya administration until her retirement in 2006 (24 years). O’Connor was born in Texas, attended Stanford University as an undergrad and law student, and settled in Arizona to a life of politics (state senate). By the mid-1970s, Sandra switched from legislative work to judicial work when she ran for Country Superior Court judge and won. A conservative Republican, O’Connor had the reputation of being firm but just. She was then elected to the Arizona State Court of Appeals before President Reagan came a’callin and Sandra received unanimous approval from the U.S. Senate for her appointment as judge on the nation’s most “supreme” court – also representing a groundbreaking accomplishment on behalf of American women everywhere. During her 24 year tenure, Sandra Day O’Connor was respected for her moderate-conservative positions, her refusal to play politics and her firm but just interpretation of the law as it applied to the original intentions of the U.S. Constitution. Perhaps she said it best when she spoke the following words: "The power I exert on the court depends on the power of my arguments, not on my gender." In 2009, President Obama awarded Sandra the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Personality of the Girl Name Sandra

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

Variations of the Baby Name - Sandra

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