Sandy is a shortened form of Alexander or its feminine forms Alexandra and Sandra, all of which derive from Ancient Greek Alexandros meaning “defending men” or “defender of men” from Greek elements alexo (to defend, help) and aner (man). In Greek mythology, it was another name for the Trojan prince Paris, famous for abducting Helen, wife of Menelaus, which started the ten year Trojan war. It’s also the name of Alexander the Great, king of Macedon, who created one of the largest empires in the ancient world. Sandy is also an English surname with two possible origins: the first is that it derives from a locational name from a place called Sandy meaning “sandy island”, made up from Old English sandiġ (sandy) and eg (island); or it could have derived from Old Norse element sannr, sand (truth) or Old Norse sandr (sand).
Sandy is also a color describing a yellowish-red color, as well as a word used to describe something consisting of sand.
- Sandi (Croatian, Slovene, English)
- Sandee (English)
- Sandie (English)