[ 3 syll. a-man-da, am-a-nda ] The baby girl name Amanda is pronounced ah-MAEN-Dah in English or aa-MAAN-Daa in Italian and Spanish †. Amanda's origin is Latin, and its use, English, Finnish, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish. It is derived from amanda meaning 'lovable' ; amare 'to love'. The male name Amandus does not seem to have been the source of Amanda. The female name appeared in the 17th century, probably under the influence of the name Miranda. It was first coined for a character in the play Love's Last Shift (1696) by the British dramatist Colley Cibber, and was well used in the 18th century for other fictional heroines, such as in the Sir John Vanbrugh play The Relapse (1696) and the Tobias Smollett novel Peregrine Pickle (1751). Noel Coward also named a character Amanda in his comedy Private Lives (1930), contributing to the popularity of the name in recent times. The pet form is well known from the Barry Manilow song, Mandy (1974). Amanda is the feminine equivalent of the French and Italian Amando.
Amanda has 27 forms that are used in English and foreign languages. English forms of the name include Amanada, Amandalee, Amandalyn, Amande, Amandea, Amandee, Amandey, Amandi, Amandia, Amandie, Amandina, Amandine (used in French too), Amandy, Amandya, Demanda, Madee, and Mandaline. Other English forms include the shortening Manda, the familiar forms Mandee, Mandi, Mandie, Mando, and Mandy (used in Latin too), and the spelling variant Amandah. Forms used in foreign languages include the Spanish Amada and the Hawaiian Henoheno. The familiar form Amata (Spanish) is another foreign variant.
See also the related form, the English Alanda.
Amanda is an all-time favorite. Currently it is still rather popular as a baby girl name, but to a lesser degree than it was previously. The name grew in popularity from the 1930s up to the 1980s. At the height of its usage in 1987, 2.231% of baby girls were named Amanda. It was #3 in rank then. The baby name has seen a substantial drop in frequency since then. In 2018, it ranked at #369 with a usage of only 0.046%. Within the family of girl names directly related to Amanda, Miranda was the most commonly used. It was 1.751% more frequently used than Amanda in 2018. The name Amanda has primarily been a baby girl name, although it has also been given to boys in the last century. In 1989, 289 times more baby girls than boys were given the name Amanda.
Baby names that sound like Amanda include Amandah, Acantha, Acanthah, Ackantha, Ackanthah, Agnetha, Agnetis, Agnita, Akanthah, Amada, Amandya, Amata, Ameata, Ameeta, Ameetah, Ameita, Amida, Amidah, Aminda, and Amindah.
† Pronunciation for Amanda: AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; M as in "me (M.IY)" ; AE as in "at (AE.T)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; D as in "day (D.EY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)"
Details of famous persons named Amanda:
Actress Amanda Burton, born 10 October 1956, Ballougry, County Derry, Northern Ireland.
Actress Amanda Bynes, born 3 April 1986, Thousand Oaks, California.
Actress Amanda Holden, born Amanda Louise Holden 16 February 1971, Bishop's Waltham, Hampshire, England.
Singer Mandy Moore, born Amanda Leigh Moore 10 April 1984, Nashua, New Hampshire.
Tennis Player Amanda Coetzer, born 22 October 1971, Hoopstad, South Africa.