Chiefly North American: short form of Candace, Candice, or Candida. It is also an affectionate nickname derived from the vocabulary word candy ‘confectionery’. The word candy is from French sucre candi ‘candied sugar’, i.e. sugar boiled to make a crystalline sweet. The French word is derived from Arabic qandi, which is in turn of Indian origin. The name was moderately popular in the United States in the 1960s, but has since fallen out of favour.