This name derives from Latin “Amare > Ămandus “, meaning “she who must be loved, lovable, worthy of love”. Amanda is a Latin female gerundive of “amare”. The name Amanda first appeared in 1212 on a birth record from Warwickshire, England, and five centuries later the name was popularized by poets and playwrights. In the United States, Amanda slowly became more prominent from the 1930s to the 1960s, ranking among the top 200 baby names. It was taken to regular use as an English given name from 18th century literature. Amandus (~584–675), commonly called Saint Amand, was a bishop of Tongeren-Maastricht and one of the great Christian missionaries of Flanders. He is venerated as a saint of France and Belgium.