Amanda Name Meaning

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Amanda is a Latin name meaning "loveable" or "worthy of love." The name was first recorded in 1212 in Warwickshire, England. It was a popular literary name in the 17th and 18th centuries and was also a staple of the 1980s.

Origin: Amanda is a Latin name meaning "loveable" or "worthy of love."

Gender: Amanda is often used as a girl's name. The masculine version, Amandus, is typically used for boys.

Pronunciation: uh-man-duh

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How Popular Is the Name Amanda?

Along with leg warmers, big hair, and acid-wash jeans, the name Amanda was one of the biggest trends of the 1980s. It was less popular until the 1970s, and in 1979 it broke into the top five names in the United States. Although it reached peak popularity in 1980 as the No. 2 name, it stayed in the top five for another 12 years straight.

While you're likely to run into plenty of '80s and '90s babies named Amanda nowadays, it's unlikely you'll find too many newborns given the name. After its hot streak in the 1980s and '90s, Amanda's fame dwindled, gradually growing less popular each year. As of 2020, the Social Security Administration had Amanda sitting at No. 447. Regardless of its statistical decline, Amanda is still a lovely, timeless option worthy of consideration.

Name Variations

There are many variations of the name Amanda to consider:

  • Amanada
  • Amandalyn
  • Amandine
  • Amata
  • Amada (Spanish)
  • Amandah
  • Amandalee
  • Amandi
  • Mandaline

Similar Names

Other popular names for those who like Amanda:

  • Abigail
  • Alyssa
  • Amelia
  • Elizabeth
  • Emily
  • Emma
  • Isabella
  • Natalie
  • Olivia
  • Sophia
  • Samantha
  • Victoria

Other girl names starting with A:

  • Ada
  • Addison
  • Adele
  • Alana
  • Alexandra
  • Amina
  • Amy
  • Angelina
  • Anna
  • Annie
  • Aubrey
  • Audrey
  • Aurora
  • Ava

Common Nicknames

The most common nicknames for Amanda include:

  • Mandy/Mandi: Much like actress and singer Mandy Moore, this nickname exudes a loveable sweetness.
  • Manda: Steady and balanced, Manda is down-to-earth, easy-going, and always willing to help others.
  • Andi/Andy: A fun option for the inner tomboy. Ambitious, always up for an adventure, and unafraid of a challenge.

Suggested Sibling Names

Popular options for Amanda's siblings include:

  • Ashley
  • Amber
  • Andrew
  • Austin
  • Elizabeth
  • Hannah
  • Jessica
  • Joshua
  • Olivia

Famous People Named Amanda

There are many famous Amandas, including:

  • Amanda Bynes, American actress who rose to fame as a child star on Nickelodeon in the 1990s
  • Amanda Peet, American actress known for "Something's Gotta Give" and "A Lot Like Love"
  • Amanda Seyfried, American actress known for her roles in "Mean Girls" and "Mamma Mia!"
  • Amanda Schull, American actress best known for her roles in "One Tree Hill" and "Pretty Little Liars"
  • Mandy Moore, American singer and actress, known for starring in "A Walk To Remember" and the TV drama "This Is Us"

More Baby Names

Still searching for the perfect baby name? Check out these related baby name lists for even more options: 

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By Alex Vance
Alex Vance is a freelance writer covering topics ranging from pregnancy and parenting to health and wellness. She is a former news and features writer for and Blog Writer for The HOTH. Her motherhood-related pieces have been published on Scary Mommy, Motherhood Understood, and Thought Catalog.