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I like my name because there are lots of nicknames for it (even though no one ever calls me by my nickname).
― Anonymous User  5/5/2005
It is a beautiful, classic name that depicts a feminine strength full of elegance.
― Anonymous User  6/1/2005
I have been told through biblical scholars that in Hebrew/Aramaic the name AMANDA means "Gift from God."
rjl  6/6/2005
Amanda does not mean lovable. It means "she must be loved" in Latin. From the verb amare, to love, and in the feminine gerundive form.
― Anonymous User  10/19/2005
That's extremely nitpicky, don't you think? In Latin it means 'to be loved', hence 'loveable.' I think 'she must be loved' is almost the same as 'loveable,' don't you?
― Anonymous User  5/26/2007
Actually, while in English it may seem extremely nitpicky, Latin does not 'waste' verb forms (unlike English). 'She must be loved' is gerundive/future passive participle, indicating that the noun needs or deserves love. The gerundive therefore is supposed to indicate that something must be done. 'Loveable', on the other hand, does nor carry the same connotation, since it is an adjective. It indicates that the noun is able to love, that it is possible to love, but it does not indicate that it is a dire action that must be done.
winter seas  8/1/2009
Actress Amanda Seyfried is a famous bearer of this name. She played Lilly Kane on Veronica Mars and Karen Smith on Mean Girls.
Lyra Persephone  1/27/2006
It's not that I dislike the name Amanda, it's just that in my age group it is very common. I like to be unique, so sometimes I feel my name is too popular, plus everyone feels the need to shorten it to Mandy, which I can't stand.
Manderzacc  1/30/2006
It's a beautiful name, one to not be taken lightly. To love one with this name means great responsibility. When my husband named my daughter, he felt the name to be moving. When I heard it, I found it to have a ring to it that would last forever. After doing some research on it, I found the name to mean "Who needs to be loved" this is why I say whomever marries one with this name has great responsibility.
Agape_45  2/7/2006
Amanda is a good name for someone of any age - not too modern or old fashioned.
― Anonymous User  2/13/2006
I personally don't love the name, it's dull. Rather common in my age group.
claraelizabethann  3/12/2006
I find the name Amanda over-used and harsh sounding. Not a name I'd want to saddle my daughter with.
eden_eli  3/21/2006
Amanda Palmer is the lead vocalist and piano player for the group The Dresden Dolls. There is no way I can put this band into a category, everyone needs to hear this band for themselves.
patchworkgirl  4/23/2006
I have always liked this name but am not fond of the nicknames for it. I know of one girl with this name and she isn't a very nice person and the other girl is very nice.
― Anonymous User  4/25/2006
I really dislike this name especially the idea of a female name containing 'Man'.
― Anonymous User  5/9/2006
This name is far more commonplace than people imagine. I worked in a place with no less than five Amandas, went to school with Amandas, run into Amandas. At work we had to either use nicknames (if you end up using a corruption of the name why bother to use Amanda at all? Change your name to Mandy-ugh!), last names, or middle/first names to distinguish. Plus, I've met too many highly strung, stuck up women by this name. "She who must be loved" indeed.
― Anonymous User  5/11/2006
I think that the name Amanda is very pretty. It means "loveable". I have known a few people named Amanda, some were nice and some not but a name does not make personality traits, the person does. One of the nicknames of an Amanda I know is "Dani" another "Maddy" which is different from the common "Mandy". Overall I think this name is very wholesome.
kaycee  5/14/2006
I think it is a very nice name, I haven't met many people bearing this name in my generation. I think this name is pretty strong yet has a feminine touch.
samthebear  5/21/2006
My name is Amanda, but almost everyone (save for my grandmother) calls me Amy. My mom gave me that nickname when I was a baby so people wouldn't call me "Mandy" which she hated. I'm very glad because "Mandy" is such a bad nickname. It's so ugly.
― Anonymous User  7/9/2006
There is a Christian juevenile book series about a girl named Mandie whose full name is Amanda Elizabeth Shaw.
― Anonymous User  7/12/2006
I love the name Amanda, it is a very beautiful name but the one nickname for it I just don't like is Mandy.
― Anonymous User  7/14/2006
I actually like this name very much, and not just because I have it. It has a very nice sound to it, and I love the way my middle name sounds with it ('Joy'). It kinda made me sad to see that so many people hate my name though. :( But at least I like it, right? :)
Amanda Joy  7/16/2006
Actress Amanda Peet is a famous bearer.
pink_floyd_fan  7/25/2006
One day at school:
'hey what's wrong with you?'- child one
'she's a-MAN-duh!' child two (laughter)
'wahhh why did you ever name me this?'- Amanda.
whitedotblackdot  7/26/2006
Eh, rather mundane.
― Anonymous User  7/30/2006
To me the name Amanda is similar to strongness and happiness, just because I know one Amanda that is a strong and happy person.
glamourgirl  8/3/2006
I had always heard that it meant "worthy of love."
Amanda Jane  9/9/2006
I just cannot comprehend why anyone would name their daughter a name that begins with "A man". Personally, I think this name is overused without the right to be.
Pheadirean  10/24/2006
One of my best friends name's is Amanda, and I think it's absolutely beautiful. I have always loved that name. And it's really fun to type! When I say Amanda fast, it usually comes out as Manda, which I think is a cute nickname! I think this name is better for younger kids rather than women or teens.
mileystar  11/30/2006
I would never name my kid a name that has MAN in it.
― Anonymous User  12/11/2006
You know, people don't normally think of a man when an a Amanda introduces herself, so you don't have to go worrying about this "man" stuff. Amanda is just way too common. I don't like Amanda anyway.
7up  1/25/2007
My best friend and one of my favorite singers has this name and I love the name. I like it because I just do.
Dreamer134  2/4/2007
I like this name, very cute. But a-man-duh! Lol, it's still cute though. =) Also, even though it's ranked #8 for popularity when I was born there's no one in my grade named this. And I've never met anyone with it.
minikupcake  2/18/2007
In 2001, my sister and I named our younger sister Amanda Rose. My mother was reading the name book and this was the first one that the three of us could agree on and, even though we were only half way through the A's, we were all pretty sure that wasn't going to happen again. Never, do we plan on calling Amanda Mandy or Mindy (which we all think or terribly ugly nicknames) but she is called Panda a lot now and that is sometimes shortened to just Pan.
As an eight year old, I was endlessly amused with her name sounding like "A Man Duh".
― Anonymous User  3/3/2007
My name is Amanda Rose too! Anyway I love my name and it fits me and as far as nicknames go, I possess every one of them. My family calls me Manda because it's easier and my younger brother made it a habit before we were both out of diapers. My mom and dad call me "Mand" sometimes (looks weird, sounds cool) or just Rose, which has its own branch of nicknames. My best friend calls me Manda Panda, Mandy Pandy, and Panda. Her mom calls me Mandy, but other than that, I usually NEVER get called Mandy. I have also been called Manders and Manda-Manda. My current favorite nickname was given to me by a rather handsome guy I work with and it is Amander. Since nicknames are a sign of affection, that's good, right?
― Anonymous User  3/7/2007
My name is Amanda Michelle. When I was younger, my sister would always tease me and call me Amanda Panda or just Panda, or even Manny. My favorite teacher has a thick New York Bronx accent and calls me Amander and so my mom sometimes calls me that for a joke. The friends call me Manda, Amanda, or Mandi, although I don't have a preference. I've never really liked the name too much, I've found a lot prettier names in my opinion, but it's all right.
Dalle Ali Blu  3/16/2007
The only reason I wouldn't use this name is due to someone I know with this name and she is a total witch. Other than that this is a pretty name. One a girl can easily grow up with. The only thing I don't like with this name is the nickname Mandy.
― Anonymous User  3/23/2007
My name is Amanda, and I am rather proud to bear this name because it is really uncommon in my country (France) and the origin is always pleasant to explain. The only annoying thing in being called Amanda in France is that people keep calling you "Amandine" which is way more common (and dull) than "Amanda"; I've even being called "Samantha" a lot of times.
Mantelia  4/1/2007
Regardless of its popularity - this is such a beautiful and refreshing name. I was also supposed to be named this, but then my parents chose Jasmine instead.
Jasmine  4/3/2007
Mandy Moore's full name is Amanda. I hate her! The name is way too strong and way too popular.
― Anonymous User  4/8/2007
I think this is a great name, mainly because it's mine and I know that I'm stuck with it. A word of advice to any and all who may give this name to their daughter: DO NOT pair it with the middle name Lynne, or any of its variations. It sounds too much like 'a mandolin' and you wouldn't believe the comments some guys make about playing the mandolin.
― Anonymous User  4/13/2007
I hate this name, because people tease me - Ah MAN da (I hate that). My full name is Anastasia Amanda Rose; Anastasia is baptism name (I was baptized two months ago in Russian Orthodox Church, and take the name Anastasia) and Amanda is the name that people call me. Other then that my family calls me Manda, others – Mandie (can be spelled Mandy, but I prefer the “ie” then the “y’) and even Al.
MandieCampbell  5/3/2007
Manny is a cute nickname for Amanda. My parents were *this close* to naming me 'Amanda Mae' instead of 'Mackenzie Marie'. I wish I was Amanda, 'Loveable' instead of 'Son of the Handsome one'. Plus I don't know too many Amandas.
Rockos_Modern_Life_1  5/4/2007
I think this name is pretty but imagine if you are 80 years old and named Amanda. I think this name sounds like a young person's name, from kindergarten all the way to college. This name just doesn't sound right on old people!
CharlieRob  5/5/2007
Amanda is a nice simple name. If I had a baby and couldn't think what to call her I'd call her Amanda.
maidmideon  5/12/2007
Having been given the name Amanda Faye, I can honestly say that there are times when I would have rather had any other name than that. I hate the name Mandy, only my father's side of the family calls me that. There are plenty of nicknames out there. Andy is one of my favorite one since my best friend in high school gave it to me.
IrishEyes  5/18/2007
As a bearer of this name, I actually got sent to homeschooling for having this name because bullies would always pronounce it "A Man DUH" and make fun of me.

I do like this name, I do enjoy the meaning of this name, but for me the name is far too popular in the U.S.A alone. I love the nicknames the name gave me and I stick with them because I just don't want to be picked on anymore.
― Anonymous User  5/31/2007
I know quite a few Amandas, and they are all amazing people, but personally I can't stand the name. I'm not sure why. It just doesn't sound good to me.
― Anonymous User  6/4/2007
As far as I know, it means "worthy of love."
― Anonymous User  7/6/2007
My name is Amanda and I love how there are so many different nicknames. I myself, have several: Mandy, Mandie, Mandii (all the same name, I realize, but with different spellings), Manda, Ami, and Amandee. It's such a flexible and very feminine name; I love it!
― Anonymous User  7/6/2007
My name is Amanda, which used to turn me off simply because of the number of Amandas in my age group. However, when I began searching and found out that I was named after the song "Amanda" by Boston, which was my parents favorite song at the time, I felt more of a connection with the name. I was also thankful my parents didn't jump on the name just because it was "hot" at the time, but because it meant something to them.

As far as nicknames go, I've never been called Mandy - I extremely dislike that nickname, and thankfully have never had to correct anyone (save maybe one or two occasions). I get Manda, Manderz, Manda the Panda, Panda, and other variations, but no Mandy! :)
Manda_Bear  7/24/2007
I love the way the name Amanda sounds. Yes, it is my name and I like to hear it spoken, especially by someone with an accent. In my opinion the name Amanda should have a good middle name too, not something like Amanda Lynn because the person can be the victim of teasing (sounds like the name of an instrument). My parents were going to name me Amanda Lynn until someone told them they had been teased. My middle name is Joy and I love it just as much as my first name.
aja3  7/26/2007
And don't forget Amanda Lepore!
― Anonymous User  9/3/2007
What is it with nicknames? If your parents picked a name they liked for you, why shorten it? If you like to call your daughter Mandy, then have her christened Mandy and not Amanda. I really don't get it.
― Anonymous User  9/21/2007
I actually have this name, it's connected with my first name, Mary. I'm called Mary-Amanda, but no one calls me that. My whole family, and my friends, either call me, "Mandy (short for Amanda)" or "Mary". I think that the meaning of both names fit me because I tend to be bitter when someone is mean to me, especially when it's one of my loved ones. Lol.

Amanda is a pretty name.
Lady Silver-kun  10/9/2007
A-MAN-DUH - I hate the pronunciation. I simply don't like this name - even though I do have two friends by it.
puppylove226959  10/13/2007
Amanda is a pretty name, but I wouldn't name my kid that! (no offence)
littleengen2992  10/31/2007
This name might be bad, because my friend Edgar would call her like "A-Man. Duh."
― Anonymous User  11/18/2007
This is my name, and I can't stand it. I hate the sound of it and I hate the cruel jokes (Who is Amanda? She's a man, DUH!). I also hate that it's so popular. There were a lot of Amandas at my elementary school so until I left that school everyone called me Amanda L whether there was another Amanda in the class or not, which got on my nerves. I also dislike that everyone always wants to call me Mandy. I'm rather found of the nickname Panda though and the majority of my friends call me that.
pandasayscynical  11/18/2007
My name is Amanda, I have been called Awomanda, Mands, Manda, and my favourite - Amandla - meaning 'power' in Zulu and Xhosa, I get called that a lot. :) And only my immediate family call me Mandy, which is cool, but only for them to call me that.
Twoflower  11/20/2007
A lovely name with a lovely meaning.
Rowanne  12/1/2007
Way overused. Maybe as a middle name though.
leananshae  12/19/2007
Amanda Koster is a famous beaer. She is a photographer and is included in the new book In Their Shoes by the author Deborah Reber.
Patricia Underwood  3/7/2008
I don't like my middle name. A-man-duh. Bleugh. At least it's not my first name! I like the name Amada better.
― Anonymous User  3/30/2008
The awesome liberal feminist blogger Amanda Marcotte bears this name. She's very witty and funny.
slight night shiver  4/19/2008
Czech and Slovak pronunciation is "ah-MAHN-da".
MaggieSimpson  5/5/2008
Italian poet Guido Cavalcanti (1255-1300) speaks of a woman from Toulouse aptly named Amanda in his 30th composition, "Era in penser d'amor quand'i'trovai". His sonnet n° 29 is also centered on a "woman of Toulouse", but her name is not revealed.
Lilya  5/18/2008
I think Amanda is a really friendly name.
― Anonymous User  5/23/2008
On June 5, 1981, The birth of the world's first test tube twins is recorded in Melbourne, Australia. Stephen (5 lb 3 oz) and Amanda (5 lb, 6 oz) are delivered in a caesarian section by Mrs. Radmila Mays.
Patricia Underwood  5/28/2008
I used to love this name. But now I think it is overly popular and overused. I think there are as many Amandas as Sarahs. But Amanda is still pretty as far as names go.
― Anonymous User  6/27/2008
This is my name and I HATE IT! I use to get "it's a man, duh" or "she's a man, duh." Why would any parent to that to a child? Everyone I know calls me Amanda and no one will call me what I would prefer: Andie (Mandie without the M) or Ali or some variant of Al (my middle name is Lee so Amanda+Lee=AL). ERRR why do my parents hate me so much. NOTE to parents, if you actually love your daughter DO NOT curse them with this name, because that's what it is a CURSE.
RhysMason  7/3/2008
Actress and singer AJ Michalka's real name is Amanda.
EJE  7/8/2008
Who cares if it has "a man" in it! It's still very pretty.
snickerdoodle  7/23/2008
Amanda Berenguer (Born in 1921 in Montevideo) is a Uruguayan poet. A member of the Generation of '45, she has been married to writer José Pedro Díaz since 1944.
sweetbabe  7/30/2008
Amanda Laura Bynes (born April 3, 1986) is an American actress and former show host on Nickelodeon and singer. After appearing in several successful television series on Nickelodeon in the mid-to late 1990s and early 2000s, Bynes transitioned to a film career, starring in several films aimed at teenage audiences, including She's the Man (2006) and Hairspray (2007).
sweetbabe  7/30/2008
Amanda Foreman (born July 15, 1966 in Los Angeles, California) is an American actress who became a regular on the college drama series Felicity (1998). She is the younger sister of Julie Foreman, an actress.
sweetbabe  7/30/2008
Amanda Abizaid is a singer/songwriter originally from Beirut, Lebanon. She moved to the United States at the age of ten.

Amanda co-formed the band Blue in Los Angeles and later became a solo artist. She has performed songs for several television series, including Odd Girl Out, One Tree Hill, Charmed, Summerland, Smallville, and The 4400 for which she sang the theme song, "A Place in Time".
sweetbabe  7/30/2008
Amanda Lear - French singer, TV presenter, painter, actress, lyricist and novelist, allegedly born in Hong Kong on November 18, 1946, allegedly as Amanda Tapp. She was a Disco Queen in Continental Europe, the Eastern Bloc and most other parts of the world in the mid 1970s to the early 1980s. She first came to the public's attention as the fetishistically clad model on the cover of Roxy Music's album For Your Pleasure in 1973.
sweetbabe  7/30/2008
Amanda Miguel is an Argentine-born Mexican singer. Famous in the Spanish speaking world and knïwn for her powerful voice. For the last quarter of a century, Amanda has had a successful career.
sweetbabe  7/30/2008
Amanda Tapping (born 28 August 1965) is an English-born Canadian actress. Born in Rochford, Essex in England, she moved with her family to Ontario, Canada when she was three years old. She attended North Toronto Collegiate Institute where she excelled in environmental science and drama. However, when she finished in 1984, she decided to focus her attention on drama when she attended the University of Windsor School of Dramatic Arts in Windsor, Ontario.
sweetbabe  7/30/2008
Amanda Rosa Da Silva - Model.
sweetbabe  7/30/2008
Horrible name! it gives me shivers every time I hear it. Ughh.
― Anonymous User  8/28/2008
German-Czech actress Amanda Michalka, born 10th April 1991, Torrance, California.
Emilie007  9/2/2008
Star Wars creator George Lucas has a daughter named Amanda Lucas.
Lady_Skywalker  9/28/2008
I totally LOVE this name, but I HATE the pronunciation. In Norway we say a-man-DA ("da" as in dart), not a-MAN-duh (the last pronunciation would have been "a you you" in Norwegian -- "man" means you/they or even one and "du" means you).
EllyKash  10/27/2008
This is my name and I've never had it mocked like some people have! I'm not a Mandy to anyone other than immediate family; anyone who tries to call me that is usually treated to a glare ;-) Friends do shorten it to Manda which is fine though. My sister insists on calling me Mandy Pandy, but I call her Jenny Penny. I love my name and I don't know anyone else with it. I love that it's not really a common name anymore in Britain!
amanda82  11/5/2008
I have a sister named Amanda and I have always loved it. It's long, which I have always loved in a name. That is probably why I don't prefer my name, Anna. When I was a little girl, I was always jealous of her. "She is prettier and more girly than I, and she has the perfect name," I would complain. Ah, those were the days. So, yes, I do like the name Amanda very well.
annamarie941408  12/1/2008
My parents named me Amanda because they wanted an old-fashioned name, they didn't know anyone named Amanda, and my mom loved the old ballad "Amanda" (light of my life, fate should've made you a gentleman's wife…). Of course, the year I was born Amanda was the 3rd most popular name in the country. I really like the name, but it's waaay too common.
― Anonymous User  12/4/2008
My name is Amanda, and I do love the fact that my name is Amanda. I was always fine with Manda and Manda Panda. However, I hated that there were so many of us in my classes, so long being called Amanda B, you would have thought that was my whole first name. For awhile I went by AJ just to get out of it. And I frequently find myself saying to potential friends who are my age and younger, "My name is Amanda, call me any variation, just not Mandy. I hate that name." It really isn't that bad of a name, the jokes tend to end as the peers get older, and as long as people don't call me Mandy, I fine. I get a bit ruffled when they do- there is a certain glare that is reserved for that utterance!
― Anonymous User  12/12/2008
If everyone complains about the word man in this name, then why is the word acceptable in the name Samantha?
― Anonymous User  1/16/2009
My name is Amanda and I adore being called Mandy, my various nicknames are Mandy, Manda, Mandypandy, Mandypandypolarbear, MandyPandyBear.
Loveable_Lemon96  1/24/2009
Who could forget the song by Boston "Amanda"?
It is such a pretty name, I would consider naming my little girl that. :)
_0TophasNails_1  4/14/2009
My darling baby sister (16 years my junior) is named Amanda. There are quite a few of them stateside, however we seem to be the only ones who paired it with the middle name of 'Faith'. So her name is Amanda Faith; 'Amanda' meaning 'loveable' or 'love' and 'Faith' meaning 'to believe'. So roughly translated: '[To] believe in love'. I adore it; so fitting for her. =)
ginamarie  4/28/2009
The name Amanda is a gerundive form of the Latin "amare" ("to love"). The name is translated as "must be loved".
coffeemancer  5/24/2009
The German pronunciation is ah-MAHN-dah as well. [noted -ed]
mafiosa  8/6/2009
I like this name, but it's quite overused and played-out. Still, it doesn't sound as badly dated to me as Tiffany and Kimberly do.
bananarama  9/29/2009
I HATE girl names with the word MAN straight in your face. I don't like aMANda or SaMANtha because that reason. And Amanda sounds like "A man, DUH!"
italiannames  10/29/2009
I absolutely adore my name! I have an even greater appreciation for it now than ever. I have grown well with this name, I believe. It fit me as a child and it fits me beautifully as an adult. I would name my child Amanda if it weren't my own! :p
Amanda Frances  11/11/2009
Amanda Harrison is an Australian stage actress. She rose to prominence with roles in musicals like "Aspects of Love" "Leader of the Pack", "Mamma Mia!" and "We Will Rock You", but is best known for originating the role of Elphaba in the Sydney production of "Wicked".
AndrewJKD  12/13/2009
Amanda Rose Keller (b. 1962) is an Australian journalist, radio presenter, and media personality.

She is best-known for her acerbic quick wit and for her collection of kitsch.
SandSea  1/30/2010
Even though Behind the Name says the name was not used in the Middle Ages, I have seen it on a history site which is taken directly from contemporary birth records of the 1200s.

So it must have been used at least ONCE in the Middle Ages.

It was most likely taken as a female form of the saint's name Amandus, and may have had religious connotations in medieval times.

For a name that is often considered pretty but commonplace, it has an interesting and apparently controversial history.
SandSea  1/31/2010
I have to say that I remain a bit skeptical about the idea that Amanda was in use in medieval England. The entire case for that seems to be one reference in a book by P.H. Reaney to "Amanda filius Johanis" (Amanda daughter of John in Latin) found in a 1221 document in Warwickshire.

In doing my own research on names using American census data from, I have found a great many instances where the index of names on claims that a "modern" name existed in a 19th century census, but when I look at the photocopy of the actual census record (also available on, it clearly seems to me that the census taker's handwriting was misread. It is really easy for a modern person looking at bad handwriting from over a century ago to jump to the conclusion that a particular hard-to-decipher name is something they are familiar with. For example, the index claims there was a person named "Colleen Streng" who was the head of a family in Crown Point, New York, in 1820, but when I look at the photocopy of the actual record I think that person was more likely named "Colburn Strong."

There also are cases where the original census taker wrote down a name that didn't exist because they misheard what they were told. For instance, I know of a case where the census taker wrote down "Mars" as a boy's first name when the actual name was "Morris" -- but in the family's accent that sounded close to "Mars."

When these mistakes occur so often in reading American records from only a century ago, it seems likely to me such mistakes also occur when people are trying to read medieval English records.

So with there only being the one instance of a supposed Amanda back in medieval times, I think there is at least a 50/50 chance that Reaney misread the handwriting, or that the original record was miswritten. I would at least like to see confirmation from other researchers who have looked at the original record (or a photocopy of it) that it indeed does look like "Amanda" before accepting that as good evidence for the actual existence of the name in 1221.
clevelandkentevans  7/12/2016
I guess it's an all right name, but I heard Amanda once connected with the phrase "A man, duh!"
And due to that I can't consider naming my daughter this (if I ever have one).
Ironically, my name was almost Amanda Lynn. But my mom decided against it because she realized it sounded like "a mandolin."
erb816  2/17/2010
Again people are dissing my name. Yes, my name is Amanda too. It's actually connected to 'Mary'. Why are people dissing this name and saying it sounds horrible and the nicknames along with it? My whole family and almost all of my friends call me by the name of "Mandy", and my step-dad, as silly as he is, calls me "Mandy-pandy". I could see why people would hate to be called this name because of the A-man-duh phrase and the Mandolin thing but other than that, why? I could think of a million nicknames that could suit me. But one thing's for sure though, I'm not going to name any daughter I have after me. Mary or Amanda.
Lady Silver-kun  3/27/2010
This name = ew.
This is my name, and I have always hated it. For one thing, it is way too trendy and overused, for what reason I can't even imagine. For another, there are too many jokes about it - Amanda Huggandkiss, A-man-duh, etc. Some of the other Amandas here at least have good middle names like Michelle and Laura. If one of those were my middle name I would go by that- NOT Amanda. Why my mother picked this abomination when there are so many beautiful names to choose from I have no idea. I tell everyone I know never to name their child Amanda- even if they want to name her after me to be sweet. This would be a cruel thing to do to a child!
― Anonymous User  4/30/2010
This is my name, and while I wouldn't have chosen it myself, I am still rather fond of it. I think it carries a sort of classical elegance similar to names like Samantha or Victoria. The only issues I have with it are its overuse and the grating nicknames (though, thankfully, many nicknames are usually dropped once one leaves childhood).
TheAntiBella  5/14/2010
This was the name of fictional late Potential Slayer Amanda in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She was a recurring season seven and was killed in the battle of the Hellmouth. She was played by Sarah Hagan.
― Anonymous User  9/1/2010
This is my name and I have to tell you I can't stand it. I hate all the nicknames for it and the fact I get A-Man-Duh all the time.
Photo-obsessed  9/13/2010
I think Amanda is a really pretty name, but it might be kind of overused. I dunno. But I still like it.
Chrila96  9/25/2010
"Amanda" is a subjective command in Latin from verb, "amar", "to love" that means "one that should be loved". While it is a command in Latin, it is in the subjective case meaning that "Amanda" is more of a suggestion that a mandate.
EyeSeaHearEwe  10/1/2010
In Spanish, it is pronounced as "Ah-MAHN-dah".
EyeSeaHearEwe  10/1/2010
Awesome meaning and sound. My impression for this name on a girl is a naughty yet smart little girl, HeHe!
― Anonymous User  10/12/2010
I can't help but hate this name. I just think it sounds so ugly and trashy like the name Crystal or Brandy. I also hate "Mandy".
― Anonymous User  10/31/2010
LOL, I remember the "a-man-duh" days, that's so elementary. I came home crying to my mom in the second grade. I'm 25 now and I'd like to say that I wouldn't change my name for any other; it fits me. Amanda's are friendly, beautiful, respectful, intelligent women, and we're definitely worthy of love. We need more Amanda's in the world. :)
Aquagirl  11/19/2010
Love this name! So cute and adorable.
adrenalinekat  12/23/2010
I like this name because of my great-great-great-grandmother Amanda Studer, who raised twelve children on a farm in the mid-1800s. All of them survived to adulthood. Now I think of her when I hear this name, and I love it. Before I knew her story, I thought Amanda was just a trendy modern name and didn't like it very much.
kkgnoise  2/2/2011
O please don't throw Amanda into the mix with Crystal and Brandy, just because it was popular in the 80's. There is way too much history and charm behind this name and if you do the research, you'll see Amanda was in fact used in the middle ages. And no offense to the Crystals and Brandys out there - you guys are still awesome. :)
― Anonymous User  2/7/2011
The name Amanda is pretty, I think it suits all ages.
starz26  2/21/2011
My name is Amanda, I do not understand what many people's problem is with the name containing "Man" in the middle. I only heard A-man-duh, once in my life. That was high school and someone only mentioned it because they had seen it in a movie. The main thing people used to tease me about was "the Amanda Show." I used to hear "Amanda Please!" or the theme song. As for nicknames, I have a few. Manda, Mander, Mandas, and Mandoos. I have been called Mandy, a couple times, but it's not that big of a deal to me.
Manda Riley  2/27/2011
The Latin translation of Amanda is "being loved" or "requiring to be loved".
― Anonymous User  4/24/2011
Amanda is a pretty name. I like how it means "lovable" (or along those lines), and I feel bad for the girls who are taunted with, "She's a man - duh!"
blondieboo629  7/7/2011
I am so over the name Amanda. When I was in school, there would always be half a dozen or more Amandas in my classes and the teachers would always call them by their first and last names. To a kid, it was distracting. I'm sure to the teachers it was an annoyance.
GibsonGirl  8/21/2011
In Star Trek, Amanda Grayson is Spock's mother. She was a human teacher who married Sarek, the Vulcan ambassador to Earth. She was played by Jane Wyatt in the original 60s TV show and by Winona Ryder in the 2009 movie reboot.
humblebee  12/6/2011
It's an elegant feminine name. You can make fun of any name - give a kid a name and they'll find 50 ways to tease about it. So, don't worry about teasing possibilities when picking a name. My favorite though is "Demanda". It's a serious kid's name, so use it wisely.

There were three popular songs about Amanda-based names all about 20 to 30 years old. As a result, you see a lot of girls coming of age now with that name. Barry Manilow wrote Mandy about 30 years ago, and Boston wrote 'Amanda'. Waylon Jennings has a classic song by that name as well. Since people often name based on the songs they fell in love to, you'll see a huge spike in popularity in this name for girls born in the late 70s and 80s. The spike is gone down, so you may see it less overused in the next generation.
arch_nemesis_20  12/20/2011
It's my name. It's ok, but I don't like that so many other females in my age group also have the name Amanda.
Amanda_M87  2/24/2012
I used to HATE my name when I was a kid due to the whole "a-man-DUHHHH" but I've actually grown to love it and the very many nicknames I get. Manda Panda, Panda, Manders, Mands, Mand, Mandarth, Mandarth Vader, Mandar, Mandy (only my aunties call me this). No one ever actually calls me a-manda. Well anyways as I have said, I've grown to love my name.

Ps as far as all the Amanda's I've met, half have been sweet and the other half obnoxious. I'm well aware that a name doesn't depict certain traits but still.
Manduhhh  7/4/2012
Amanda Righetti (born 1983 in St. George, Utah) is an American actress.
― Anonymous User  7/25/2012
Amanda Bynes (born 1986 in Thousand Oaks, California) is an American actress.
― Anonymous User  7/25/2012
Amanda Schull (born 1978 in Honolulu, Hawaii) is an American actress and professional ballet dancer.
― Anonymous User  7/25/2012
Amanda Peet (born 1972 in New York City) is an American actress.
― Anonymous User  7/25/2012
Amanda Seyfried (born 1985 in Allentown, Pennsylvania) is an American actress and singer.
― Anonymous User  7/25/2012
I think the problem here is that people are confusing the gerund (a noun) with the present participle (a verbal adjective), as the two forms (originally indicated by -ing and -end suffixes respectively) have coalesced in English. Amanda is not an adjectival "being loved", "loving" or "must be loved", but the act of loving or being loved.
thegriffon  11/25/2012
Amanda Seyfried plays Cosette in Les Miserables. She is an actress in other movies as well.
Melys11  1/11/2013
This name was actually used for guys around the mid-80's. In 1985, for instance, there were approximately 144 boys given the name. (#735 popularity rank) Fortunately, it has remained mostly feminine.
mmcurliq42311  6/15/2013
Amanda Evert is a character from the Tomb Raider games. She is the main antagonist of Tomb Raider Legend.
Lolth  7/5/2013
Amanda Knox was a college student from the USA in Italy who was accused of killing her roommate. She was acquitted. She and I share this as a first name!
― Anonymous User  11/26/2013
Amanda Knox was only acquitted for a short time. She underwent a retrial in 2013 and was sentenced permanently to 28 years in prison last month. Still, lovely name despite having less than pleasant bearers!
― Anonymous User  2/7/2014
Don't like how it says 'a man', otherwise it still has a nice charm about it.
― Anonymous User  5/26/2014
It's used in Poland, too. Pronunciation - same as Spanish, Italian, German.
szarakowo  6/13/2014
I love this name, it's very feminine and girlish but without being too frivolous sounding. I don't like the nickname 'Mandy' though. Remember the schwa sound at the end of 'Amanda' is the most feminine terminal sound for a name.
nametoad  8/29/2014
When I was in elementary school, the other kids called "Amanda, Amanda, big fat panda!" I was skinny! Also, I hate being called Mandy! I just despise the name! It's harsh and sounds way too masculine. Also, on the bus ride home from school each day, there were 5 of us on the same bus! Give it a rest! If I were not named after my late grandmother, I'd change it to something I can tolerate! I hate my name!
Samarasangel  9/2/2014
A man duh

Not a fan of any female names containing 'man' sorry. Just not my style.
ThatMazerunnerfan  9/5/2014
This name always reminds me of armada.
― Anonymous User  11/28/2014
Amanda Waller is a character in several DC Comics and is a famous bearer. She is sometimes depicted as an antagonist, sometimes she helps the heroes. She works for the government and commands the Suicide Squad. She is not depicted as being very attractive physically in the comic books, at least not in most people's opinion. Some of the actresses that portray her in film are attractive, however. I wish that Amanda Waller was drawn more attractive, because I am an Amanda as well. I guess we can't all be gorgeous :p.
― Anonymous User  12/3/2014
Yes, Amanda Knox may have been convicted (in absentia) for murder in Italy, after first being acquitted. However, in the US and many other countries this would never have been legal (it's double jeopardy).
― Anonymous User  12/3/2014
Ananda is better.
― Anonymous User  12/24/2014
A man duh.
― Anonymous User  12/24/2014
This one ranks right up there with "Ashley" for most unoriginal, overused name. Sounds like A Man, Duh. Not cute.
V of Doom  1/1/2015
In Hungary Amanda is 88 on the list of the most popular girl names.
― Anonymous User  3/16/2015
"A man, DUH!" Amanda Huggenkiss. ;p I just don't find the sound very appealing or attractive... to me it's one of those dull, common names.
IEnjoyTonsOGoodNames  6/6/2015
I have the name Amanda and despite the whole "a man, DUH" thing I heard when I was younger, I still don't mind the name. I am almost indifferent to it, maybe because I've been listening to it for my whole life. The strange thing is, rarely anyone calls me by my actual full name. When my mom is mad, she calls me Amanda Marie. She also calls me Amanda Panda or Manda Panda, which would be totally embarrassing if it were anyone but my mom, but because it's her it's endearing. My best friend calls me Mandy (ew, but I don't mind) and Manda. Most people shorten it to Manda. I don't mind. Overall, it isn't horrible, people tell me all the time that it's a lovely name with a nice ring to it, and the only downside is the nickname "Mandy". It also means "she who must be loved" which l think is pretty nice.
amad_099  6/8/2015
I really like this name! It's my other older sister's name, and I actually almost never call her that, though. I call her Mandy. I don't think it is a very "dull" name. Also, she loves pandas so we also call her Amanda Panda!
Milkweeddragon  7/18/2015
I love my name, in my country Venezuela it is not uncommon. I do not just love the sound, but how it is written, the meaning and the nicknames. I've been called Amandis, Mandy, Amandy, Amy, Ama, Panda. It is a very fresh and original name. I am proud to have it. :)
Amanda Sarai  8/23/2015
"Amanda " is Latin, a gerundive in the passive, meaning literally,"she that is requiring to be loved".
I have no problem with that.
I have never come across the idea of a "man" in my name - but would like to think that since it is enclosed within a feminine, it denotes a strong inner core, and all the best of male attributes I could have, whilst still being quite positively female.
What's so wrong with that? How 21stC can you get? Mind you, I have been accused of having a male sense of humour...
I was named after my grandmother who was named Love. It was an old family name originally from a 17thC surname which in turn came from an old word "Luff". Luff ( I am using the phonetic) was an old word for wolf. So there you go, I am actually named after a wolverine, now you must excuse me, it is a full moon tonight and for some reason my skin is prickling and my, how my nails have grown, and those eyebrows...
― Anonymous User  9/26/2015
I absolutely love being named Amanda. Everyone comments on what a lovely name it is and my nearest and dearest call me Manda which is much easier to say and I don't even mind that my boyfriend has named me Manda Moo, lol, but don't ever call me Mandy... as my mum used to say when I was a kid "If I'd have wanted to call her Mandy... I'd have christened her it!" Bless her, ha ha, anyways beats being called Tracey, Sharon or Karen uggggggh.
Manda68  11/24/2015
My name is Amanda. It means the world to me to be named Amanda. My grandmother chose my name before she died of cancer. I was never able to meet her and it breaks my heart every day. My name means to be loved. And the way I take it is that she loved me. When I feel upset and alone I always know that she loves me. I have met four Amanda's in my life. None of us the same, Amanda to me is a name that cannot be labeled or defined. Everyone is different.
Amanda_bubble  1/10/2016
I dislike this name because of the "A man, duh" jokes.
― Anonymous User  1/13/2016
So very 80's.
Espy  1/23/2016
I'm an Amanda born in the early '80s which means I share my name with a ton of women in my age group. For years I hated it and went by my surname (which doubled a masculine first name, so sometimes people assumed my friends were referring to a guy), or by the nickname "Pan," short for Panda (we are all, eventually, Amanda Pandas). But I love my name now, especially as a Classicist/Latinist. And, yes, I heard all the, "A man, DUH," crap as a kid. It never scarred me. Don't let it scare you out of naming your kid with such a lovely gerundive. ("Miranda" is another beautiful Latin gerundive, if you're interested.)
amandamtw  3/20/2016
There is a small town in Ohio called Amanda. Also my real name.
THErockLady  3/21/2016
The name is also used in Iceland.
jegharenbumsipanden  3/22/2016
My name is Amanda and in the bible another word for love is god, so worthy of love means worthy of god, and if something is worthy of god it can be translated as a gift from god.
Amandasmith  4/17/2016
My name is Amanda Lynn and I love my name! My mother never even thought about any other possibilities for naming me. And just like a few other posters, I was named after the song "Amanda" by the group Boston. I have never gone by the common nicknames associated to the name Amanda, though my favorite was given to me by my cousin. When he was learning to talk anything starting with A ended up with a k sound so he called me kamanda which led to my nickname... Commander Leon. I know it's cheesy but it holds a special place in my heart.
amathias0003  4/22/2016
This is my cousin's name and I do like this name. There's a song 'Amanda" by Aisha Duo and I do love that song, so that's what makes me like this name more!
utterlyjulie  7/21/2016
Also a Hungarian name. Pronounced: AW-mawn-daw.
HerculePoirot  7/22/2016
To me the meaning of the name Amanda, in every sense, is "strong in the way of love/heart".
FoundMyStar  8/23/2016
I'm an Amanda and I don't hate my name, but I don't feel a huge connection to it either. I could have been named something else just as easily. Most people I know have formed their own nicknames, with my favorite being "Manda", given to me by my big brothers. Panda is a common affectionate one, also. It does get old when people say "Oh my such and such's name is Amanda". Yes, I know it's a popular name of the 80s and 90s. I've heard it's among the top stripper names, though I don't see how someone could prove that (haha).
YellowLedZeppelin  2/5/2017
Amanda Françozo is a Brazilian television presenter and model. Since 2007, she has presented the chat show Papo De Amigos on the Rede Gazeta television network based in São Paulo. She is also an exponent of Carnaval Samba dancing, and in 2008 and 2009 was appointed Madrinha da Bateria (Godmother of the Percussion) for the Vai-Vai samba school.
cutenose  2/15/2017
Amanda Donohoe is an English actress. She had a four-year relationship with popstar Adam Ant and appeared in the music videos for the Adam and the Ants singles "Antmusic" and "Stand and Deliver". For her role as C.J. Lamb on the NBC drama series L.A. Law, she won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in 1992. Other television roles include playing Natasha Wylde on the British soap opera Emmerdale. On stage, she starred as Yelena in Uncle Vanya, Mrs. Robinson in The Graduate and in the title role of Hedda Gabler. Her film appearances include Castaway, The Lair of the White Worm, The Madness of King George and Liar, Liar.
cutenose  2/28/2017
Amanda Ray Beard, also known by her married name Amanda Brown, is an American swimmer and a seven-time Olympic medalist. She is a former world record holder in the 200-meter breaststroke.
cutenose  3/2/2017
This name is okay. I don't really have much of a problem with it. But every time I hear this name, all I can think of is Amanda Buckman from "The ADDAMS Family". That girl was just the worst.
― Anonymous User  3/21/2017
Amanda Lepore is an American model, celebutante, singer, and performance artist. The former Club Kid has appeared in advertising for numerous companies. Lepore is also noted as a regular subject in photographer David LaChapelle's work, serving as his muse, as well as many other photographers, such as Terry Richardson and Ruben van Schalm. She participated in LaChapelle's Artists and Prostitutes 1985–2005 exhibit in New York City, where she "lived" in a voyeuristic life-sized set. Lepore has also released several singles, many written by and/or recorded with Cazwell. In 2011, she released her debut studio album, I... Amanda Lepore, on Peace Bisquit.
cutenose  5/4/2017
On October 10, 2012, Amanda Michelle Todd, a 15-year-old Canadian girl, committed suicide at her home in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada. Prior to her death, Todd had posted a video on YouTube in which she used a series of flash cards to tell her experience of being blackmailed into exposing her breasts via webcam, and of being bullied and physically assaulted. The video went viral after her death, resulting in international media attention. The video has had more than 12 million views as of February 2017. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police and British Columbia Coroners Service launched investigations into the suicide.
cutenose  6/1/2017
Unfortunately, Amanda is not in the Bible and literally means "should or must be loved".
― Anonymous User  6/15/2017
Amanda Laura Bynes is an American actress and fashion designer. After appearing in commercials and in plays, Bynes rose to prominence as a child star in the late 1990s and early 2000s on the Nickelodeon series All That and The Amanda Show. From 2002 to 2006, she starred in the sitcom What I Like About You on The WB. She has also starred in several films, including What a Girl Wants, She's the Man, Hairspray, Sydney White, and Easy A. In 2012, Bynes announced that she was retiring from acting. Five years later, in June 2017, Bynes announced her intention to return to acting, specifically in television.
cutenose  7/3/2017
Nice name, I actually don't know anyone with this name but it kind of ruins the way I think of the spelling in my head as "A man duhh" Like I imagine a little girl pointing at someone else screaming "It's a man duh!" That's just my thought, also it feels a bit simplistic.
Sania01  9/20/2017
Amanda is also used in Poland. Not widely, but as far as I know parents in the 90's liked it quite a lot. Although it was never very popular and often considered pretty pretentious.
― Anonymous User  11/6/2017
Amanda Wikström is one of the members of "Erato" - a Swedish ensemble.
― Anonymous User  11/6/2017
I kind of like this name. I wouldn't name my child it, but I must admit that Amanda is a very feminine, quite chrming, dynamic, romantic name. There's something passionate about it. Also, I sometimes tend to confuse it with Samantha. They have very similar feel and are pretty matchy to me.
mairinn  11/6/2017
Overused. Unremarkable. Common. So boring and bland, yet fitting for most of the Amandas I've met.
― Anonymous User  11/14/2017
Pleasant but a little spiteful.
― Anonymous User  11/19/2017
Amanda is a sweet, charming, pleasant, and fits-all-surnames kind of name to me. I don’t mind the fact that there’s a “man” in the name. People still use Allison despite that there’s a “son” in it. It’s also the name of a strong category 4 hurricane that stayed offshore in 2014.
XYKLONE  12/5/2017
I just can't seem to get over that it has the word "MAN" in it. Ugly and too masculine sounding to be a female name.
― Anonymous User  1/19/2018
For some reason I really like this name. Not sure why, but I'm pretty sure it's because it's taken from the Spanish word "amando", which means "loving". It's likely that I probably will use this name.
MarioDM02  2/15/2018
I quite like this name. I think Lindsey is a good middle name to pair with it.
amyelizabeth96  3/20/2018
My name is Amanda and I absolutely hate it. I usually go by Andy which I like a lot more than Amanda.
― Anonymous User  4/3/2018
Amanda Forsythe is the protagonist of the book series STAR Academy. She specializes in astronomy.
Kitandkat  4/23/2018

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