Wanda: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Wanda

Wanda

Pronunciation: WAHN-də (key)

Origin of the name Wanda:

Of uncertain etymology, Wanda is generally believed to be of Germanic origin, perhaps from vond (wand,stem, young tree), or from Wend, a term denoting a member of the old Slavic people who now live in an enclave south of Berlin. The name was used in 1883 by author Ouida, who chose it for the heroine of her novel Wanda.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Vanda, Vonda

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To me, this will always be an old lady name. It brings to mind somebody who lives in a trailer park and is frumpy with no sense of style. Probably because all the Wandas I've known were like that.

I went to elementary school with a Wanda and because of her religion, she wasn't allowed to wear shorts for our P.E. classes. She had to wear bulky skirts to exercise. There was probably more danger of her showing anything in that skirt than if she'd worn shorts.

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Famous real-life people named Wanda: | Edit

Wanda Sykes, comedienne
Wanda Jackson, rockabilly singer

Wanda in song, story & screen: | Edit

Wanda Maximoff, secret identity of Scarlet Witch in Marvel comics
Wanda, Jamie Lee Curtis' character (as well as the fish in the title) in "A Fish called Wanda" (1988), starring John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Palin etc.

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