What does Wanda mean?
Wanda /wan-da/ [2 sylls.] as a girls' name is pronounced WAHN-dah. It is of Slavic origin, and the meaning of Wanda is "the tribe of the Vandals".
The Vandals (or Wendlas) were an ancient Slavonic tribe whose destructive behavior led to the modern term "vandalism". Also possibly (Old German) "wanderer". Harpsichord player Wanda Landowska.
How popular is Wanda?
Wanda is a very popular first name for females (#87 out of 4276, Top 2%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#55732 out of 150436, Top 37%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the baby name popularity of Wanda for girls. Wanda reached its peak position of #51 in the U.S. in the 1930s, but is not listed currently. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Wendy (#782 the previous year) is the only other prominent varying form of Wanda. Adoption of these girl names reached its most widespread during the years 1960-1969 (usage of 0.9425%) and is now significantly lower (usage 0.109%, ▼88.4%), with the versions Wanda and Wendy becoming less in vogue. Shown below is an analysis of the usage of Wanda and related names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Wanda▼ is pronounced similarly to Anda, Annda, Enda, Inda, Wendi▼ and Windy. Other recommended similar baby names are Canda, Manda▼, Nanda, Randa, Sanda, Walda, Waneta, Wanita, Wanna, Warda and Zanda. These names tend to be less frequently used than Wanda.