That names like Admiranda and Amanda
were very rare indeed. Also that they would only really have been known to the people who used them, unlike common names like Elizabeth
. They were not part of a general stock of names (sort of like the difference between, say, 'Emma
' and 'Calico' today - one is common and part of the popular name stock, the other is rare and would surprise people).
in the record is probably a girl bearing either the male French name Amand (women often bore male names such as Philip
), or a female form of Amand (probably Amande - Amanda
is most likely the Latinisation of the name).