Amanda, Amandine

  • Gender: Feminine
  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: “lovable; fit to be loved.”
  • (uh-MAN-duh); (ah-MOWn-deen).

The name seems to have been coined in the 17th-century. It is believed to be derived from the Latin gerundive amanda. However, the much older masculine form of Amandus seems to have been in usage since the 4th century. It was borne by several early male saints. In the late 1970s, in the United States, Amanda suddenly spiked in popularity coming in at # 3 in 1979. In 1980, it went up to # 2. It currently comes in at # 138. Its French form of Amandine has become widely popular in French speaking countries, although it may actually be derived from the French word amande meaning “almond”. It came in 2006 as the 54th most popular female name in France. Pronounced (ah-MOWn-DEEN) it can be anglicized as (uh-MAN-deen). It might make a more fresher alternative to the dated Amanda. It is also a French culinary term meaning “to garnish with almonds.” It is also the name of a type of potato cultivated in France, the potato most likely got its name due to its distinctive almond shape. Its designated name day is July 9. Nickname options include Amy, Manda and Mandy. Amandina is the Corsican version (ah-mahn-DEE-nah).

2 thoughts on “Amanda, Amandine

  1. I love the meaning and sound of this name, which is good because Amanda is my sister's name! We call her Manda. I also like the French version, which makes me think of the culinary term you mentioned…almonds are a nice association as well. 🙂

  2. I agree. I think this name has a very pleasant sound, and I like the almond associations. It also makes a nice alternative to Amanda, which is a nice name too, just a bit dated.

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