In Latin amare means "to love." What
given name means "she who is worthy of love" in Latin?
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Similarly, in Latin the name Festus means
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Note: according to mre-@-xtra.co.nz, a better
translation of the name would be "she who must be loved" - the gerundive, along
the same lines as agenda, what ought to be done, and
propaganda, what ought to be
the name Amanda was "Created in the 17th century by the
playwright Colley Cibber, who based it on Latin amanda meaning
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H'm, my Latin is pretty basic, but as far as I know, the gerundive
is not a case but a grammatical form: future passive participle. And by itself
"amanda" (feminine gerundive of "amare," to love) literally means simply "is
about to be loved." But in an extended sense it does mean what the question
said: "she who is worthy of love."
If the gerundive is
used with the verb to be, the result has the sense of obligatory action. So
"amanda est" would mean not simply "she is about to be loved," but "she must be
loved." Without the "est," however, I don't think it necessarily means "she who
must be loved."
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