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Mandy is a female first name, a diminutive of "Amanda". The name means 'She who must be loved', 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), and decades later by Westlife (2003).
People with the given name "Mandy"
- 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)
- (Norman Stewart) Mandy Mitchell-Innes (male, born 1914), English cricketer
- (Carmen Isabella) Mandy Miller (female, born 1944), British actress and child star of the film Mandy (1952)
- (Marilyn) Mandy Rice-Davies (female, born 1944), British model and society lady
- (Mandel Bruce) Mandy Patinkin (male, born 1952), American actor of stage and screen and tenor singer
- (Heung-man) Mandy Tam (female, born 1957), Hong Kong politician, tax advisor and newspaper columnist
- (Amanda) Mandy Chessell (female, born unknown, c. late 1950s), British computer scientist, the first woman to be awarded a Royal Society Silver Medal for achievements in engineering.
- (Armando) Mandy Romero (male, born 1967), American baseball player
- Mandy Lion (male, born circa 1970), German heavy metal singer
- (Amanda Louise) Mandy Smith (female, born 1970), British pop singer, model and actress
- (Amanda Lee) Mandy Modano (aka "Willa Ford") (female, born 1981), American pop singer-songwriter, record procducer and actress
- (Nga-man) Mandy Chiang (female, born 1982), Hong Kong pop singer and actress
- (Zi-man) Mandy Wong (female, born 1982), Hong Kong actress
- (Amanda Leigh) Mandy Moore (female, born 1984), American pop singer and actress
- (Amanda Nicole) Mandy Ventrice (female, born 1985), American recording artist and songwriter
People with the nickname "Mandy"
- Stephen "Mandy" Hill (male, born 1940), British professional footballer
- Peter Mandelson "Mandy" (male, born 1953), British politician (Labour Party)
- Amanda Ann "Mandy" Johnstone (female, borh 1972), Australian politician (Labor Party)
- Amanda "Mandy" Drury (female, born unknown, c. mid 1970s), Australian news anchor and journalist
- 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.
- "Mandy" (1919 song), a song written by Irving Berlin in 1919
- "Mandy (La Pense)", an instrumental piece performed by the English trumpet player Eddie Calvert in 1958
- "Mandy" (song), a song written by Scott English and Richard Kerr and performed by Barry Manilow in 1974 and by Irish boyband Westlife in 2003
- "I'm Mandy Fly Me", a song written and performed by the British band 10cc in 1976.
- Mandy (album), a Mandy Smith debut album released in 1988
- Mandy Moore (album), a Mandy Moore album released in 2001
- "Mandy" (Jonas Brothers song), a song written and performed by the American boyband Jonas Brothers in 2005
- M.A.N.D.Y., a German electrohouse group
- Mandy (film), a 1952 British film about a family drama involving a deaf-mute child.
- All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (film), a 2006 American film (but not released in the US) of the slasher film genre.
- Mandy Richardson, a key character on the long-running British soap opera Hollyoaks, broadcast from 1995 to present
- Mandy Hampton, a White House media advisor character from the American television series The West Wing, broadcast from 1999 to 2006.
- Mandy (24 character), a professional assassin character from the American television series 24 (TV series), broadcast from 2001 to 2010.
- Mandy Luxe, a cartoon character from the French animated television series Totally Spies!, broadcast from 2001 to present
- Mandy (character), a cartoon character from The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, an American animated television series, broadcast from 2003 to 2007.
- "Mandy", a street name for the drug MDMA, better known as ecstasy
- MRDA (slang), which stands for "Mandy Rice Davies Applies", an internet slang meaning, "He would say that, wouldn't he?"
- "Randy Mandy", a name given by Sebastian Vettel to the Red Bull RB6 Formula One racing car.
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