PRONOUNCED: VAHN-dah (Polish), WAHN-də (English) [key]
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).
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