When Amanda E Vanasdall was born on 24 September 1859, in Good Hope, Hampden Township, Cumberland, Pennsylvania, United States, her father, Alexander Vanasdall, was 43 and her mother, Elisabeth Speese, was 38. She married Alfred Ralph Miller on 11 February 1886, in Cumberland, Pennsylvania, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 daughters. She lived in Odell, Livingston, Illinois, United States in 1910 and Pontiac, Livingston, Illinois, United States for about 18 years. She died on 23 December 1938, in Livingston, Illinois, United States, at the age of 79, and was buried in Graceland Cemetery, Fairbury, Indian Grove Township, Livingston, Illinois, United States.
A 17th-century literary coinage from the Latin gerundive (feminine) amanda ‘lovable, fit to be loved’, from amare ‘to love’. This is evidently modelled on Miranda ; the masculine form Amandus, borne by various saints from the 4th to the 7th century, seems not to have been the direct source of the feminine form. The girl's name enjoyed considerable popularity in the mid-20th century.