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Wanda (/ˈwɑːndə/ WAHN-də) is a female given name of Polish origin; its probable meaning is with reference to the Wends.[1] The name has long been popular in Poland where the legend of Princess Wanda has been circulating since at least the 12th century;[2] in 1947 Wanda was cited as the second most popular name from Polish secular history given to Polish girls.[2] The name was largely introduced to the English-speaking world via the 1883 novel by Ouida entitled Wanda which has an Eastern European setting.[1][3] In the United States, Wanda attained its highest popularity in the year 1934 peaking then at #47 on the list of names most frequently given to female infants.[1] The name is popularly interpreted as meaning "wanderer."[4][5]



Fictional characters named Wanda

Variant forms of Wanda

Wanda is a common name in Polish, English, German, and French languages.[1] Notable variant forms of the given name Wanda include:

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Campbell, Mike. "Meaning, Origin, and History of the Name Wanda." Behind the Name. Accessed on August 12, 2010.
  2. ^ a b Kruszewska, Albina I. & Coleman, Marion M. "The Wanda Theme in Polish Literature and Life." American Slavic and East European Review, Vol. 6, No. 1/2 (May, 1947), pp. 19-35. The American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies. Accessed on August 12, 2010.
  3. ^ "Ouida's 'Wanda'." The New York Times, August 13, 1883. Retrieved August 12, 2010.
  4. ^ "Name: Wanda." Baby Names World. Accessed on August 12, 2010.
  5. ^ "Wanda - Name Meaning & Origin." Think Baby Names. Accessed on August 12, 2010.