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Wanda

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Origin: Slavic
Meaning: Vandal

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Wanda

This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Wanda in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the girl's name Wanda:

  • Records indicate that 279,333 girls in the United States have been named Wanda since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1957, when 7,692 people in the U.S. were given the name Wanda. Those people are now 63 years old.

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    Comments about the name Wanda

    54% Approval Rating
    Based on the comments submitted below
      7 Positive Comments

  • "I was called after my Polish father's favourite cousin. It's been a mixed blessing I suppose:I do like the way it's not straightforward and is then often explained, but it can be really annoying in that when someone's seen it written down then they call me 'Won-da'- I insist on it being pronounced 'Vanda'- so possibly it's made me awkward... At school, one of the teachers insisted on pronouncing it with a W so I used to ignore her and get in all sorts of trouble! I think, all in all, I like it though. And we gave our kids simple names ..." May. 26, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "Down south I've heard it pronounced as Wonda or Wander..." Nov. 27, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm Afrikaans and my name is pronounced Vanda instead of Wanda. Many people pronounce it wrong and struggle to pronounce it right in the beginning. I love my name! And I love being called Wanda Woman! its my fave nickname! I think its a very nice and unique name! its different and has strength to it!" Jan. 11, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "i was the only wanda in my school too, and since i wasnt in the US, most people said my name weirdly!! also coz it isnt a popular name for 1988.." Apr. 8, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Wanda and i looove it! My experiences are very good..when i introduce myself people always think for about a second and say what an interesting and beautiful name i have so...i have never met someone named the same, but i have heard about it" Feb. 11, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Andrea and Wanda was my nickname in primary school (no clue why) A teacher started it saying that I was 'Wanda-ful' A fish called Wanda!" May. 25, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I chose Wanda as my daughters name because my dad was Polish and I liked that name. I had a cousin called Wanda and my daughter was named after her. Pronounced Vanda, I do sometimes wish I had spelt it with a V as not everyone knows how it should be pronounced." Apr. 20, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      6 Negative Comments

  • "I've never like the name Wanda. Yes, I've been called Wanda Woman, Wanda the Witch, Wicked Wanda, Wanda from the Horse around ranch. My friend started calling me Wendy as a joke and now everybody (all but my immediate family) calls me Wendy." Jun. 8, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Sounds too much like Willy Wonka, I don't like it!" Feb. 18, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Sounds too much like the surname of Willy Wonka in Roald Dahl's novel Charlie And The Chocolate Factory - not to mention the 1971 film Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory (with Gene Wilder in the title role of the film version)." Feb. 12, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have always hated the name Wanda. I wish I had changed it a long time ago. Everyone always makes fun of it and there are a lot of jokes and negative references ie. the movie "A Fish Called Wanda", Wanda the Witch etc." Jun. 29, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Not a day has gone by that I do not wish my name was not Wanda! It is a non name as far as I am concerned. There is no dignity, no gentility and no strength to it. I cannot imagine what my mother was thinking when she allowed her best friend to name me. From a Wanda who wishes she was a Cecilia or Clair, thumbs down. Wanda" Jun. 19, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have always hated my name. I have never thought it was a popular name, having always associated it with mentally retarded kids. I was often called Rhonda by mistake. I was also called Wanda the Witch and Wanton Wanda with her whips... please don't name your child this name." Sep. 5, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      27 Neutral Comments

  • "I never liked my name but one day a little girl said to me "I love your name, it reminds me of a magic wand(a), all sparkly and glittery". She waved her hand in a swirl like she was holding a magic wand. It was so sweet, it really helped me like my name a bit better." May. 17, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am 71 years old. I have loved my name. Few others have it. I like not having the same name as those about me. Although I am not Polish, I still relate to it. I have enjoyed the playful teasing. It has made the name all the more sweet. I pronounce it with a "W" rather than a "V". I do not have a preference." Sep. 23, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name Wanda. When I was six a lady gave me a dollar as that was her name and she said she had never met another Wanda before. I gave a silver dollar as a lady to the first Wanda I met, a little girl of about eight." Mar. 8, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Wanda...I love it especially if it has a complimenting middle name to go with it like Ranae..all the haters should post their names ...which I imagine most are ugly..." Dec. 6, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Wanda. Until 5 years I hardly ever heard of anyone named Wanda. Only one in school besides me. Know there are three of us on the same floor where I work, and at least four more in the building. Really rare to have that many all in one place." Jul. 2, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have never liked being named Wanda but it is so much better than what my dad had in mind; I was a miracle baby who almost died and so Daddy named me "Wonder" because it was a wonder that I survived. When Mother saw how he spelled it on the birth certificate, she made them change it, she signed it and he never knew until after I came home from the hospital. I wonder what year was the last time someone named their daughter, "Wanda"." Jul. 30, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name Wanda. An old admirer named his daughter Wanda (maybe after me, I don't know). My cousin named his daughter Wanda, apparently after me. My sister named her daughter Wanda. I'm very happy to be named Wanda." May. 13, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "there is not a name on earth that has not beeb persecuted especially after a few years have gone by. It's like every trend in the world that human beings (bless them) either distroy or build up. in one decade small breasted woman are the trend, then the next generation women are cutting themselves to get bigger breasts.rare name is I never gave it much thought as I grew up exept that WANDA was a" May. 15, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is wanda naming a child is a big responsibility so they need nto give the child a beautiful name===" Dec. 8, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "i never cared much for it. most kids i went to school with had more popular names or the latest names. i always felt out of place on account of it." Nov. 13, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Wanda I am 60 years old. I have met 2 women in my life named Wanda. One a black woman and one white. I was around 30 when I met them. I always liked my name because there were no other Wanda's growing up. I do wonder why Wanda was so popular in the early 50's. I do get the nickname of Wandee" May. 18, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hi my name is wanda and I actually really like my name(and not just because its mine )my mothers name is wanda too but there are also some hates who just want to make fun of our names. To me at my school they call me wandisima like wandisima from the fairly odd parents and they also ask me (where's cosmos?)" Dec. 7, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think this name's similarity to the surname of the fictional Willy Wonka kind of ruined the name in the 1960s and beyond. Also, think Wanda the Witch from Sesame Street - another good reason to avoid this name for a long while." Dec. 23, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "USALLY WHEN I SAY MY NAME PEOPLE WILL SAY LINDA OR DONNA I HAVE NO CLUE WHY, MY POLISH FRIEND CALLS ME WONDA LOL. ALWAYS HAD A HARD TIME FINDING ANYTHING WITH MY NAME ON IT. I WAS BORN IN 1957. GUESS THE NAME GREW ON ME. SUPPOSEDLY I WAS NAMED AFTER A WELL KNOWN SINGER BACK IN THE DAY. BASICALY THATS MY STORY." Nov. 29, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "A fish called Wanda...or Willy Wonka! They just sound similar, "Wanda" and "Wonka" do. Though Wanda was popular in the Fifties, I think Roald Dahl kind of ruined its image when he created Willy Wonka - and who'd have a child named "Wonka"? No-one!" May. 19, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Change the second letter of this name from "a" to "o" and the fourth letter from "d" to "k" and this becomes "Wonka", as in Willy Wonka (who else?), as until his creation Wanda was among the top 60 girls' names in the U.S. between 1930 and 1960. I think the similarity between Wanda and the surname of Mr Wonka caused the female name to decline throughout the Seventies and Eighties and drop out of the U.S. top 1,000 in the early Nineties. I don't think the 1988 film 'A Fish Called Wanda' could ever have helped the name at all, but it's still fairly common in Slavic areas." May. 12, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Although quite popular in Slavic cultures, to English speakers this conjures up witches. Also, I think that its similarity to the surname of the fictional Willy Wonka kind of ruined the name. If ever someone was asked about the name Wanda, I'd probably say "Sounds like Willy Wonka to me"." May. 1, 2008: Report as inappropriate

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  • "My name is Wanda. Which is unfortunatelty Polish. My mum had a mad moment and regretably married this reject from Eastern Europe. The correct way to pronounce my name is Vanda. Once I reached 21 I changed my name by deed poll to Vanda. Grew tired of having to explain that you prononce the W as a V. Jury is still out as to whether I actually like my name. Guess if I had had a decent father in the first place then it wouldn't have been an issue." Jan. 10, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "i love my name is so unique and it discribes me and my attitudes" Oct. 23, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I hated my name growing up because of being called "Wanda the witch", "wicked Wanda" and my least favourite "Wanda woman" (read wonder woman). I decided I didn't mind it once I knew it was supposed to mean "wanderer", which is something I decided to live up to." Oct. 19, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am 36 years old and have met 3 other people named Wanda in my life so far. I love my name. Some people joke and call me "wandaful", or I wanda about you, Help me Wanda (as in song Help Me Rhonda), Fish Called Wanda (as in movie), Wanda Woman (like Wonder Woman). What a fun name. I'm glad it's not that popular because it keeps the name unique." Oct. 10, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "true, it's a polish name...i didn;t like it at first, because it was special, no one else had it (yeah, i don't live in the us)..but then i realised that it;s actaully nice..sounds ..mm...donno...mystique...and everybody called my name over and over just cuz they liked the sound of it...so now i think it's one of the most beautiful names in the world(not just bcz it's mine:)" May. 11, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I ditto the comments - hate the name and called all sorts of nicknames. Don't do this to your daughters." Mar. 29, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "How can it have been so popular? I didn't meet another Wanda until I was in my 30s! I hated it, growing up, because I was teased first by kids chanting the Wanda the Witch song from Sesame street, and then by boys who had read Wicked Wanda comics from Penthouse." Jul. 29, 2005: Report as inappropriate



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