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Gender: Female Meaning of Wanda: "shepherdess; wanderer" Origin of Wanda: Slavic or German

The name Wanda is a girl's name of Slavic origin meaning "shepherdess; wanderer". Wanda and discussed in our forums with posts like "Makeover 10 times".

From the experts:

Rarely heard, and when it is, usually attached to a witch. Historically, though, Wanda was a legendary eighth century queen of Poland, and in literature it is the central character of Ouida's eponymous novel Wanda. A musical namesake is the great Polish harpsichordist Wanda Landowska.

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Famous People Named Wanda

Wanda, legendary queen of the Poles
Wanda Landowska, Polish-French harpsichordist
Wanda Rutkiewicz, Polish mountain climber
Wanda Sykes, American comedian and actress
Wanda Lavonne Jackson, American singer-songwriter
Wanda De Jesus, American actress
Wanda Hendrix-American actress
Wanda Ventham, British actress
Wanda Gag, American children's book writer and illustrator

Pop Culture References for the name Wanda

Wanda Maximoff, aka The Scarlet Witch, character in Marvel Universe
Wanderer "Wanda," main character of "The Host" by Stephenie Meyer
"A Fish Called Wanda," 1988 movie
Wanda Plenn, character on "Doogie Howser, M.D."
Wanda, the female fairy on animated series "Fairly Odd Parents"
Wanda Bell, character from TV's "Orange Is the New Black"
Wanda, character from movie "Dude, Where's My Car?"
Wanda, character on TV's "Hart of Dixie"
Wayne and Wanda," Muppet Show" singing duo
"Wanda," 1970 film by Barbara Loden


IcyRosey Says:


I absolutely love this name!!! If baby is a girl, her name will be Wanda Soleil!

josephinedagnall Says:


I associate this name with Wanda Seldon and Wanda Maximoff. Both positive namesakes!

ThatFireySparkle Says:


I absolutely love this name! It’s so timeless and it brings to mind a pretty and independent young woman! So stunning, and will never have another Wanda in their class!! An all around winner

LilySue Says:


I love Wonder as a nn

RoddyThlayli Says:


This will forever be the slightly eccentric lady who lives next door in Wishbone to me.