Wanda

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This article is about the given name. For other uses, see Wanda (disambiguation).

Wanda (/ˈwɑːndə/ WAHN-də) is a female given name of Polish origin. It probably derives from the tribal name of 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, after Mary, for Polish girls, and the most popular from Polish secular history.[2] The name was made familiar in the English-speaking world by the 1883 novel Wanda, written by Ouida, the story line of which is based on the last years of the Hechingen branch of the Swabian House of Hohenzollern.[1][3][4] In the United States, Wanda attained its highest popularity in the year 1934 peaking then at No. 47 on the list of names most frequently given to female infants.[1] The name is popularly interpreted as meaning "wanderer."[5][6]

Namesakes[edit]

Fictional characters named Wanda[edit]

  • Princess Wanda, legendary heroine in Polish folk mythology
  • Wanda, the protagonist of the 1809 stage play Wanda written by German poet Zacharias Werner and directed by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Wanda, heroine of the 1840 narrative poem Wanda by the Polish poet C.K. Norwid
  • Wanda, subject of the 1868 play Wanda, the Polish Queen by the Croatian dramatist Matija Ban
  • Wanda von Dunajew, protagonist of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch's 1870 novel Venus in Furs
  • Vanda, the title and protagonist of the 1876 Antonín Dvořák grand opera
  • Wanda von Chabert, the protagonist of the 1881 Guy de Maupassant story In Various Roles
  • Wanda von Szalras, heroine of Wanda, the 1883 novel and stage play by Ouida (Maria Louise Ramé)
  • Wanda, the protagonist of the 1928 novel Wanda (Der Dämon) by Nobel Prize-winning novelist Gerhart Hauptmann
  • Wanda Petronski, the child protagonist of the 1944 novel The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
  • Wanda Cavalli, primary character in the 1952 movie The White Sheik directed by Federico Fellini
  • Wanda Maximoff, alter-ego of the Avengers comic-book character Scarlet Witch (1964-continuing)
  • Wanda, protagonist of the 1970 movie of the same name, written, directed and starring Barbara Loden
  • Wanda Von Kreesus, the main character in the 1973-1980 adult comic strip Wicked Wanda
  • Wanda Nevada, heroine of the 1979 movie Wanda Nevada played by Brooke Shields
  • Wanda Li, a character in The Magic School Bus educational series (books, 1985-continuing; TV series 1994-97)
  • Wanda Gershwitz and Wanda the goldfish, characters in the 1988 movie A Fish Called Wanda
  • Wanda Walker, character in the 1990 movie Cry-Baby, played by Traci Lords
  • Wanda, a key character in Todd McFarlene's 1992-continuing Spawn comic-book series, as well as the 1997 movie and 1997-99 TV series
  • Wanda Seldon, key character in the 1993 novel Forward the Foundation, part of Isaac Asimov's Foundation series
  • Wanda, the main controllable character in the 1993 video game Mario & Wario
  • Wanda, a popular recurring character in the 1990-94 TV series In Living Color played by actor Jamie Foxx
  • Wanda Fargo, the protagonist of the 1995 movie Teenage Tupelo
  • Wanda, the nickname of the Wandering Swordsman, a member of the Ancient Alliance of Askara, in the 1997 video game Tibia
  • Wanda, cartoon character from The Fairly Odd Parents TV series (1998-continuing)
  • Wanda MacPherson, a character from the comic strip and 2000-2002 TV series Baby Blues
  • Wanda, the main character in the 2005 video game Shadow Of The Colossus
  • Wanda Firebaugh, character from the webcomic Erfworld (2007-continuing)
  • Wanda, the human name given to the protagonist in the 2008 Stephenie Meyer novel The Host
  • Wanda Dollard, a character on the 2004-2009 TV series Corner Gas
  • Wanda, the character played by Diora Baird in Episode 16, Season 6 (2009) of Two and a Half Men
  • Wanda Slater, the character Wilhelmina Slater's actual name in the 2006-2010 TV series Ugly Betty
  • Wanda Powell, a fictional character in The Simpsons
  • Wanda, part of the singing duo Wayne and Wanda on The Muppet Show
  • Wanda, a popular name in BDSM circles

Variant forms of Wanda[edit]

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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. "Wanda". Internet Archive. Retrieved April 17, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Ouida's 'Wanda'." The New York Times, August 13, 1883. Retrieved August 12, 2010.
  5. ^ "Name: Wanda." Baby Names World. Accessed on August 12, 2010.
  6. ^ "Wanda - Name Meaning & Origin." Think Baby Names. Accessed on August 12, 2010.