People with the name WANDA are 74.5 percent White, 6.1 percent Hispanic origin, 16.0 percent Black, 1.2 percent Asian or Pacific Islander, 1.5 percent Two or More Races, and 0.7 percent American Indian or Alaskan Native. The WANDA name was originally used as an English language derivative of the German name Waltraud or Waltrud.
Waltraud is the female form of Walter. It is a German name that means "peaceful ruler." Walter is the German form of William which became William I when used with the King's Cap. Thus, Walter and Wanda are the names of the first two monarchs of England.
They also happen to be the names of two famous female characters in fiction: Wanda Sykes is an American comedian who has appeared on television programs such as Fox News Sunday, The Chris Rock Show, and The New York Times Best Seller List, among others; Wanda Gardner is a fictional character in the Marvel Comics universe who has appeared in comic books including Fantastic Four, Iron Man, and Thor.
According to the Social Security Administration, there are currently more than 100 people in the United States named Wanda. The most common given name associated with the WANDA surname is Laura (which ranks second only to Mary). Other popular names associated with the WANDA surname include Jennifer, Kristin, and Michelle.
According to her, 85 percent of African Americans have some European origin. "Wanda is exceptional in that she is descended from 10 generations of free Virginia mulattos, which is more rare than descendants of mixed-race African-Americans descended from English monarchy," Ms. Sykes explained in a 2003 interview with E! News. Her mother was white and her father was black.
Ms. Sykes did not reveal how many times she has mixed race ancestry or what percentage of each component she is. She has said that because slavery was illegal in Virginia, the only way for a black person to get their own land was to marry into a white family. This rarely happened, as most slaves were bought by masters who had no interest in marrying them off. If it did happen, the marriage was legal under Virginia law at the time because blacks were considered property and not people. In addition, any child born into such a union inherited both colors of skin pigment.
In another interview, Ms. Sykes commented on having black ancestors: "My parents are both black and white. I guess you could say I'm mixed race."
She went on to explain that before slavery, most black people in Virginia were free to come and go as they pleased. They often married outside of their race, something that wasn't possible after slavery was instituted.
Wanda became the most popular baby name in 1921, when its use increased by 120.73 percent. Wanda was given to 2737 newborns born in the United States that year, accounting for 0.1211 percent of all baby girls born in the country. The name's popularity has only ever risen to 0.22 percent. Wanda was given to around 8,000 girls this year alone.
Wanda is a variant form of Anna and Ania. It is used as a first name among other things, but does not appear in the top 1000 names overall. Wanda is also used as an element in compound names such as Wanda Sykes and Wanda Slawson.
Wanda was originally used as an English unisex given name until it was adopted exclusively for females in 1921. It may be used as a diminutive name for someone who is little or young something else. For example, Wanda is used as a nickname for people who are small in stature compared with others of their age (like Winnie-the-Pooh's friend Piglet).
People with the surname Pearl are 74.8 percent White, 5.7 percent Hispanic origin, 14.3 percent Black, 3.0 percent Asian or Pacific Islander, 1.6 percent Two or More Races, and 0.6 percent American Indian or Alaska Native. These values should only be regarded as a rough approximation. They are based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau's 2010 Ethnic Diversity Survey.
Pearl is used as a given name among other cultures too. It is popular in Japan where it is used as a feminine given name. There are also characters named after the pearl in Japanese mythology.
In Europe, the name Pearl is used as a first name by people of German and English ancestry. It is derived from the name Birgitt which is associated with the German religion. The earliest record of the name that we can find dates back to 835 AD when a woman named Bertha was married. She was the daughter of a Viking chieftain who had traveled across Europe bringing peace between their nations.
In America, the name Pearl is commonly used as a female given name. It was originally used as a nickname for someone who was pretty or graceful. This is probably why many people think the name means "beautiful". But this isn't true anymore since Pearl as a given name was adopted by sailors to call their ships. Before that time, ship names were usually taken from locations or people.