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PronouncedPron.VAN-da PolishGerman
WAHN-də English
WAHN-DA French

Meaning & History

Possibly from a Germanic name meaning "a Wend", referring to the Slavic people who inhabited eastern Germany. In Polish legends this was the name of the daughter of King Krak, the legendary founder of Krakow. It was introduced to the English-speaking world by the author Ouida, who used it for the heroine in her novel 'Wanda' (1883).
VariantVonda English
Other Languages & CulturesLawanda African American Vanda Czech Vanda Hungarian Vanda Italian Vanda Portuguese Vanda Slovak


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Entry updated July 2, 2017   Contribute