Monday, 28 August 2017

What's in a Name

Someone mentioned a person called Amanda to me yesterday, which made me wonder where the name originated. I couldn't recall a St Amanda and thought perhaps it was one of those names the Victorians appropriated from India, as it does have an Indian ring to it - a bit like those other women's forenames they brought back to Blighty and gave their female offspring, like Jodhpur, Bungalow and Chutney.

Turns out it's Latin and there is indeed a St Amanda.

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