If your name is Amanda, the word to describe you in a nutshell is “sensitive.” This sensitive nature makes you extraordinarily appreciative of the fine artistic side of life—including music, art, literature, and drama. You also really thrive in the outdoors, where your spirit finds renewal and peace.
Your sensitivity also leads you to feel and perceive on a higher, more spiritual wavelength, and you don’t always understand what you feel and think. This leads you to ponder the meaning of life and our existence on the planet. At times, you crave being with others, but at other times you are just as eager to be alone.
The name Amanda was seen as early as the Fifteenth century, and was derived from the Latin word “amanda” meaning “loveable or worthy of love.” The comparable masculine form of the name, Amandus, was seen much earlier – Saint Amandus was a bishop in the Fifth century. There was also a French saint named Amandus in the seventh century.
It is believed that the feminine Amanda is also loosely based on the name Miranda which was used initially by Shakespeare in his play “The Tempest” in 1611. Another playwright in the 1600s, Colley Cibber, added to the momentum of the name Amanda when he used it for the name of one of his characters in the play “Love’s Last Shift” in 1696.
When the U.S. government started tracking the names given to children, back in 1880, the name Amanda was in the Top 100. However, it lost ground in the 20th century and in the 1930s and 40s was not a common choice at all. But starting in the 1950s, the name began to climb the popularity charts again and was back as a Top 100 choice by 1971. Starting in 1976, Amanda was in the Top 10 and remained there until 1996. All during the 1980s, Amanda was either the third or fourth most popular name for girls born in America.
One of the most famous Amanda’s in history is actually a fictional one: Amanda Wingfield, the mother character in Tennessee Williams’ 1944 play “The Glass Menagerie.” Sadly, despite what might have been her best intentions, she didn’t always do her daughter too much good. Real-life famous Amandas include athletes (swimmer Amanda Beard, tennis player Amanda Coetzer, and figure skater Amanda Evora), actresses Amanda Plummer, Amanda Bearse, Amanda Bynes, Amanda Peet, and Amanda Seyfried, and the multi-talented Amanda Leigh “Mandy” Moore.