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It flourished in the USA between the last 50s and the first 60s due to actress Sandra Dee (b. 1942). Among others, Sandra's usage is also Czech, Polish and Swedish. In Hungarian it is written Szandra.
alberto  12/4/2004
In Spain it is not only used, but very common for some decades, as a diminutive of Alejandra or as a name itself.
Araceli  2/21/2005
Actress Sandra Bullock (a.k.a. Miss Congeniality) bears this name.
Tbird  8/30/2005
Sandra is also a short form of Cassandra.
― Anonymous User  11/15/2005
Sandra is a popular name in Germany. [noted -ed]
mfs  11/29/2005
Sandra Oh plays Cristina Yang on the popular tv show "Grey's Anatomy."
MusicRat  8/10/2006
Listen to the German pronunciation of Sandra here:
_satu_  9/3/2006
Sandra Day O'Connor is a retired supreme court member.
― Anonymous User  10/29/2006
Who could forget Sandy from Grease, played by Olivia Newton John? "Look at me, I'm Sandra Dee, ..."
Leanne_Christine  10/30/2006
There are authors named Sandra Brown aka Laura Jordan, Rachel Ryan and Erin St. Claire.
― Anonymous User  11/28/2006
That is my nickname and I hate it. Because every single person here is SANDRA.
FrancisRobyn  3/4/2007
I think this name is alright and sort of pretty. However, I think its full version, Alexandra, is more pretty, though.
CharlieRob  5/6/2007
I find this a much more beautiful, feminine nickname for Alexandra than Alex.
― Anonymous User  6/8/2007
Sandra is more popular in the Czech Republic. Is in Top 100. A famous bearer is German singer Sandra Nasic (Guano Apes).
Ronja  6/30/2007
Also used on girls in Slovenia. [noted -ed]
earthnut  7/3/2007
Sandra "Sandy" Allen is the tallest woman alive. I forgot how tall she was.
bibi66  8/9/2007
In response to bibi66's comment, Sandra "Sandy" Allen is 7' 7 1/4" and she is the second tallest women alive to Yao Defen.

I think Sandra sounds like a dull name. Whenever I hear it, I always imagine one of those cat lady secretaries with frizzy hair, large glasses and an extremely nasally voice.
pandasayscynical  1/25/2008
Singer Martina Čechová and Michal Šimek have a daughter Sandra Šimková, born 15. April 2006, she weighed 2,13 Kg and she measured 41 cm.
Maggie_Simpson  10/11/2007
Also used in Lithuania. [noted -ed]
halkelle  2/4/2008
Sandra is my mom's name and I think it is a really pretty name. I actually wish Sandra was my middle name and not Alessandra, the name she was baptized with in Italy, because it is much sweeter and understated and less ostenatious.
― Anonymous User  2/24/2008
Also used in Portuguese, pronounced SUN-dra. I've got a cousin with this name.
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mellon.collie  3/3/2008
Sandra is a very popular name in Portugal.
― Anonymous User  4/16/2008
Actor Jean Reno and Geneviéve Moreno have a daughter Sandra, born 1978.
MaggieSimpson  4/30/2008
This is also Scandinavian. [noted -ed]
― Anonymous User  5/14/2008
Means helper of humanity.
― Anonymous User  5/30/2008
I like this name when it's pronounced SAHN-dra and is short for Cassandra. I don't like Alessandra/Alexandra.
gio2475  7/22/2008
Also used in Romania, pronounced SAHN-drah.
Kate  8/28/2008
I guess I'm in the minority here, but I don't really like this name. It just makes me think of sand. The nicknickname, Sandy, is even worse. Don't get me wrong! I know a very nice girl named Sandra. So no offense to the Sandras and Sandys out there.
― Anonymous User  12/29/2008
My name is Sandra Alys. My friends sometimes call me Sandy, and say I remind them of sand for some reason because my hair is like the same color as sand. I think Sandra is pretty and reminds me Sasha, which I don't like as much!
thecookiemonster  2/3/2009
This is also short for Alexandra.
thecookiemonster  3/26/2009
Sandra is also a popular name in Croatia.
goricar  12/22/2009
A two-time Survivor player who appeared on Survivor: Pearl Islands (an won) and Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains (placement TBA) name was Sandra Diaz-Twine.
sddorme  2/22/2010
Sandra Nurmsalu, lead singer of the Estonian band Urban Symphony.
― Anonymous User  7/22/2010
Popular in Serbia. [noted -ed]
― Anonymous User  4/4/2012
My mom's name is Sandra. She was born in Colombia. I don't know how my grandmother thought of naming her since Sandra isn't really a Spanish name. People call her Sandy sometimes.
Karina  7/7/2012
This is the name of my older sister. Since I love her so and we are very close, I find the name especially valuable to me, though it appeals to me on its own merits. (My sister goes by Sandy.)
Ruta Graveolens  10/26/2012
Well this is my name and I love it, I don't know but somehow I feel like it shows strength and feminism at the same time. It's unique.
ssanchez16  1/5/2014
This is my name and I am a college-educated white female in my 20s (for a demographic sense). I'm the only person I've come across in my age group with this name, but I know lots of older women that have the name. While I didn't like it when I was younger (wanted to be another Sarah or Emily), I've come to love my name since it is the perfect balance of unique, strong, feminine, and also accessible (everyone knows how to pronounce it and it's not weird). I liked that if you said Sandra in my large public high school everyone knew it was me - not oh, which one of 50 Sandras? Also, even though I was able to be the only Sandra, my name wasn't "weird" or so unusual that nobody knew how to pronounce it or that I was teased. I did get a bit of the "Sandra Dee" song sung at me by boys in high school, but it didn't really offended me since it was kind of flirty in the obnoxious way that high school boys flirt - never felt mean-spirited. If anything, it was kind of cool to have my own song, and people joked I was just like the character Sandy in the musical/movie (not a bad comparison when in HS). Now, in my adult life I go by Sandra and I think it is an intelligent, strong, name in the working world - I feel like Sandra sounds more like a boss name and not a stripper name, without sounding like a manly name. And again, the uniqueness without being bizarre has helped me, since employers/clients/people I network with remember my name better than very unusual names or very common names.
― Anonymous User  5/17/2014
I agree with the various comments that the name is a nice mix of strength and femininity. Also, it works well internationally without sounding foreign in the US. Italians, Germans, South Americans, Scandinavians, Spanish etc all recognize this as a normal name that doesn't sound strange. Good for an international family or someone who travels.
ParkerJones22  5/17/2014
Sandra "Sandy" Cheeks, a fictional character in the animated TV series SpongeBob SquarePants.
― Anonymous User  8/18/2014
Sandra's diminutive is also Sasha.
Samantha Carter  3/22/2015
The name is also used in Iceland. [noted -ed]
jegharenbumsipanden  3/22/2016
My name is Sandra pronounced San Francisco not Sandy. I hate it when people call me Sandy so I don't answer but tell them my name is Sandra.
Bohemian granny  12/20/2016
Sandra sounds so pretty! But I don't like the shortened form 'Sandy'.
DundiculutNicholas  1/17/2017
Sandra Dee was an American actress. Dee began her career as a child model, working in commercials before transitioning to film in her teenage years. Best known for her portrayal of ingenues, Dee earned a Golden Globe Award as one of the year's most promising newcomers for her performance in Robert Wise's Until They Sail. She became a teenage star for her subsequent performances in Imitation of Life and Gidget, which made her a household name.
cutenose  1/20/2017
Sandra Lou is a French radio and television presenter. Sandra Lou was born Sandra Benotès in Calais in the department of Pas-de-Calais. She has a younger sister and her parents are separated. Passionate about music, she learned the piano for a few years before creating a band with her friends, in which she was the lead singer. She then began her studies after obtaining her high school final exam in literature.
lilolaf  3/2/2017
Sandra "Sandy" Cheeks is a fictional character in the Nickelodeon animated television series SpongeBob SquarePants. She is voiced by Carolyn Lawrence and first appeared in the episode "Tea at the Treedome" on May 1, 1999. Sandy was created and designed by Stephen Hillenburg, the show creator.
cutenose  5/24/2017
The name Sandra was given to 318 girls born in the US in 2016.
More than 99.9 percent of people with the first name Sandra are female.
― Anonymous User  6/7/2017
Sandra Miju Oh is a Canadian actress known for her role as Dr. Cristina Yang on ABC's medical drama Grey's Anatomy, a role that earned her a Golden Globe, two Screen Actors Guild awards, and five nominations for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
cutenose  6/24/2017
Sandra Ortega Mera is a Spanish billionaire heiress. Sandra Ortega Mera is the daughter of Amancio Ortega Gaona, founder of Inditex and one of the wealthiest people in the world, and his first wife, Rosalía Mera. She has a degree in psychology awarded from the Universidad de Santiago de Compostela.
cutenose  8/1/2017
Sandra is also a Polish name. As for now I guess it's used more often as a name on its own than a diminutive of Aleksandra, because the most common nickname that almost every single Aleksandra goes by is Ola. Sandra became popular sometime between 70s-80s and is still fairly popular. It can be of course also a diminutive of Kasandra, but Kasandra isn't particularly popular. Sandra can be nicknamed to Sandi, Sandrusia or Sandrunia for instance. Pronounced SAHND-rah.
― Anonymous User  1/12/2018
Sandra Elflein is a former member of the German pagan folk band Faun.
― Anonymous User  1/12/2018
Sandra is a bit too modern for my style and I wouldn't give it to my daughter in any circumstances, but I somehow like it even though. Actually I think I even like it more than Aleksandra/Alexandra, 'cause it's a bit overlooked. I know two Sandras, one is a very determined, self-aware, beautiful perfectionist in her late twenties I guess, the second is a little girl, whom I knew when she was about 7, now in her early teens I suppose, she was a very curious, but also nervous (sensitive and easily stimulated I mean) girl looking much younger and smaller than she was. I think it's good for a child, young girl and middle-aged woman, I can imagine it on a woman in her fifties or older, but probably just because I don't know anyone in this age with this name. It's strong and energetic, but also feminine, as many of you said. And I like the nickname Sandy.
mairinn  1/12/2018

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