Wanda (/ˈwɑːndə/ WAHN-də) is a female given name of Polish origin; its probable meaning is with reference to the Wends. The name has long been popular in Poland where the legend of Princess Wanda has been circulating since at least the 12th century; in 1947 Wanda was cited as the second most popular name from Polish secular history given to Polish girls. The name was largely introduced to the English-speaking world via the 1883 novel by Ouida entitled Wanda which has an Eastern European setting. 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. The name is popularly interpreted as meaning "wanderer."
- Wanda Gertz (1896–1958)
- Wanda Guenette (born 1962), Canadian volleyball player
- Wanda Hendrix (1928–1981), American film actress
- Wanda Hutchinson (born 1951), American R&B singer (the Emotions)
- Wanda Jackson (born 1937), American rockabilly singer
- Wanda Jakubowska (1907–1998)
- Wanda Klaff (1922–1946)
- Wanda Lyzwinska (c. 1953)
- Wanda Landowska (1877–1959)
- Wanda Malecka (1800–1860)
- Wanda Perry-Josephs, American gospel music singer
- Wanda Piłsudska
- Wanda Rijo (born 1979), Dominican Republic weightlifter
- Wanda Rutkiewicz, Polish mountain climber
- Wanda Sykes, American comedian
- Wanda Tinasky (pseudonym)
- Wanda Toscanini Horowitz (1907–1998)
- Wanda Ventham, (born 1935), English actress
- Wanda Wasilewska (1905–1964)
- Wanda Wiłkomirska (born 1929)
- Wanda Young (born 1943), American R&B singer (the Marvelettes)
- Wanda Nara (born 1986), Argentine model (sister of Zaira Nara and wife of Maxi López)
Fictional characters named Wanda
- Wanda, the human name given to the protagonist in The Host (novel)
- Wanda Gershwitz and Wanda, the goldfish, from the 1988 British comedy film A Fish Called Wanda
- Wanda, a key character from the Todd McFarlene's Spawn series
- Wanda, the character Wilhelmina Slater's actual name
- Wanda, the main character in the video game Shadow Of The Colossus
- Wanda, cartoon character from The Fairly OddParents
- Wanda, a popular name in BDSM circles; name a character in Sacher-Masochs novel Venus in Fur
- Wanda, the main controllable character in Mario & Wario
- Wanda Dollard, a character on the Canadian TV show Corner Gas
- Wanda, a fictional character in The Simpsons.
- Wanda Firebaugh, character from the webcomic Erfworld
- Wanda Li, a character in The Magic School Bus educational series
- Wanda Maximoff, identity of the X-Men character Scarlet Witch
- Wanda MacPherson, a character from the Comic strip and Television series Baby Blues
- Princess Wanda, legendary princess in Polish legends
- Wanda Seldon, in Isaac Asimov's Foundation series
- Wanda Von Kreesus, the main character in the adult comic strip Wicked Wanda
- Wayne and Wanda, a singing duo on The Muppet Show
- Wanda, a popular recurring character on "In Living Color" played by actor Jamie Foxx
Variant forms of Wanda
Wanda is a common name in Polish, English, German, and French languages. Notable variant forms of the given name Wanda include:
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