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Mandy is a female first name, a diminutive of "Amanda". The name means 'She who must be loved',[1] also more commonly interpreted as "fit to be loved", "worthy of love", or "loveable". It is derived from Latin and is usually used as a shortened form of the name "Amanda" (as in the case of Amanda "Mandy" Chessell, British computer scientist and Fellow of the Royal Society), although it is also given as an independent name in its own right (as in the case of Mandy Grunwald, American senior political strategist to the US Democratic Party). Its usage as a popular female first name can be traced back to at least the beginning of the 20th century, with the song "Mandy" by Irving Berlin in 1919, and the Joyce Lankester Brisley's children's books of Milly-Molly-Mandy in the 1920s.

Very occasionally it is also used as a male first name in its own right (as in the case of Mandy Yachad, South African cricketer and field hockey player), and as a shortened form for "Mandel" (as in the case of Mandy Patinkin, American actor and tenor singer) or "Norman" (as in the case of Mandy Mitchell-Innes, English cricketer).

Variants of the name, for both male and female, include "Mandi", "Mandie" and "Manda".

In popular culture, the name "Mandy" has been used as film and song titles, most notably the British film Mandy (1952); and the song "Mandy", written by Scott English and Richard Kerr, which had been a chart-topping hit when it was first performed in ballad form by Barry Manilow (1974),[2] and decades later by Westlife (2003).

People with the given name "Mandy"[edit]

  • Mandy Haberman (female, born unknown, c. late 1950s), British inventor and entrepreneur who patented the Haberman Feeder for babies born with a cleft lip and palate.
  • Mandy Grunwald (female, born 1958), American senior political strategist to the Democratic Party (including on the presidential campaigns of Bill Clinton in 1992 and Hillary Clinton in 2008).
  • Mandy McCartin (female, born 1958), British artist who is part of the Stuckists movement.
  • Mandy Yachad (male, born 1960), South African cricketer and field hockey player
  • Mandy Walker (female, born 1963), Australian cinematographer
  • Mandy de Jongh (female, born unknown, c. late 1960s), Dutch champion taekwondo practitioner
  • Mandy Moore (female, born unknown, c. late 1960s or early 1970s), American dance choreographer
  • Mandy Wötzel (female, born 1973), German champion figure skater
  • Mandy Maywood (female, born 1974), Australian Paralympic champion swimmer
  • Mandy Ord (female, born 1974), Australian comic artist
  • Mandy Barnett (female, born 1975), American country music singer and stage actress
  • Mandy Planert (female, born 1975), German champion slalom canoer
  • Mandy Stadtmiller (female, born 1975), American writer, commedienne and newspaper columnist
  • Mandy Loots (female, born 1976), South African champion swimmer
  • Mandy Wright (female, born 1977), American educator and politician (Democratic Party)
  • Mandy Van Deven (female, born 1980), American feminist writer and activist
  • Mandy Cho (female, born 1982), American-born beauty contestant and Hong Kong actress
  • Mandy Clark (female, born 1982), American voice actress on Japanese anime films
  • Mandy Haase (female, born 1982), German champion field hockey player
  • Mandy Minella (female, born 1985), Luxembourgish professional tennis player
  • Mandy Mulder (female, born 1987), Dutch champion sailor
  • Mandy Harvey (female, born 1988), American deaf jazz musician

People with the adopted name "Mandy" (including stage names or noms de plume)[edit]

People with the nickname "Mandy"[edit]


  • Milly-Molly-Mandy, a series of children's books written and illustrated by Joyce Lankester Brisley from the 1920s until the early 2000s, the central character's full name is Millicent Margaret Amanda.
  • Handy Mandy in Oz, the 31st title of the "Oz Books" series of children's books written by L. Frank Baum and his successors; published in 1937.
  • Mandy, a girls' comic published by D.C. Thomson & Co. in Britain from 1967 until 1991, with annuals published from 1972 to 2007.
  • Mandie, a series of children's books written by Lois Gladys Leppard and published from 1983 to 2006, the central character's full name is Amanda Elizabeth Shaw.
  • Mandy Hope, the central character in the children's book series Animal Ark written by Ben M. Baglio (under the pseudonym Lucy Daniels) and published since 1994.




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