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I read that it means "that joy without which the universe would cease to exist".
-- starling  1/26/2005
It's a nice name, but I don't think I'd choose it for my own child, simply because people would probably mistakenly call her Amanda all the time.
-- Phoenix Flower  10/1/2005
Ananda Lewis (born Sarasvati Ananda Lewis) was a video jockey and TV show host on MTV and BET in the 1990s-2000s.
-- Laurea  7/24/2006
The name of the dog of the Murrys in A Swiftly Tilting Planet, by Madeleine L'Engle.
-- wordybookworm  9/1/2006
To me, it looks a lot like Amanda (although I know there's no connection between the two names), but, while I don't really completely know how to pronounce things in Indian, the way (I think) it's pronounced doesn't make me think of the name Amanda at all. It's actually very pretty. (And, for some random reason, the fact that it has three A's, one in the middle and two at each end, strikes me as interesting and, weirdly, slightly important somehow.)

Also, regarding the dog from A Swiftly Tilting Planet - this name means "happiness", and that was actually important symbolically. There was also a unicorn character named Gaudior, which is Latin for "more joy" - joy was a piece of thematic symbolism in that book. The fact that these two animals both appeared spontaneously at a time of great need and peril represented a need for joy and happiness to appear when it is most needed. Just thought I'd share that interesting literary tidbit.
-- Pippin  4/6/2011

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