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Origin and Meaning of Wander

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  • A submission from Jamaica says the name Wander means "It means to me when u walk into a direction and also means stray." and is of English origin.
Other origins: German

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Wan"der
  1. To ramble here and there without any certain course or with no definite object in view; to range about; to stroll; to rove; as, to wander over the fields."They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins." [Heb. xi. 37.]"He wandereth abroad for bread." [Job xv. 23.]
  2. To go away; to depart; to stray off; to deviate; to go astray; as, a writer wanders from his subject."When God caused me to wander from my father's house." [Gen. xx. 13.]"O, let me not wander from thy commandments." [Ps. cxix. 10.]
  3. To be delirious; not to be under the guidance of reason; to rave; as, the mind wanders .
    synonyms: To roam; rove; range; stroll; gad; stray; straggly; err; swerve; deviate; depart.

Etymology: OE. wandren wandrien, AS. wandrian; akin to G. wandern to wander; fr. AS. windan to turn. See Wind to turn

verb Wan"der
To travel over without a certain course; to traverse; to stroll through.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Lose clarity or turn aside especially from the main subject of attention or course of argument in writing, thinking, or speaking ("her mind wanders")
  2. Move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment ("the wandering Jew")
  3. To move or cause to move in a sinuous, spiral, or circular course ("sometimes, the gout wanders through the entire body")
  4. Go via an indirect route or at no set pace ("After dinner, we wandered into town")
  5. Be sexually unfaithful to one's partner in marriage ("Might her husband be wandering?")

From Middle English wandren, wandrien, from Old English wandrian (“to wander, roam, fly around, hover; change; stray, err”), from Proto-Germanic *wandrōną (“to wander”), from Proto-Indo-European *wendʰ- (“to turn, wind”), equivalent to wend +‎ -er (frequentative suffix). Cognate with Scots wander (“to wander”), German wandern (“to wander, roam, hike, migrate”), Swedish vandra (“to wander, hike”).

  1. The act or instance of wandering.
    To go for a

wander was also found in the following language(s): German

Notable Persons Named Wander

Wander Luiz is a soccer player for the Free agent, Vila Nova Futebol Clube, Songkhla United F.C., Ratchaburi Mitr Phol F.C., Suphanburi F.C., América de Cali, Atlético Huila, Al-Fujairah SC, Ulsan Hyundai FC, and Esporte Clube XV de Novembro (Piracicaba). Wander was born on May 30th, 1987 in Lamim.


Wander was born on February 22nd, 1969. Wander is also known as Moura and Wander do Prado.


Wander Gross is a soccer player for the Aruba national football team. Wander was born on December 14th, 1978.


Wander Medina is an athlete for the Romana FC.


Wander is a sports team member for the Associação Ferroviária de Esportes.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Wander

Dessa is an alternative hip hop and underground hip hop rapper, singer, producer, writer, rapping, and hip hop production. She was most prominent from 2005 to present. Dessa was given the name Margret Wander on May 23rd, 1981 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, US. Dessa is also known as Dessa Darling.



Wander is a sports team member for the Associação Ferroviária de Esportes.


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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Wander U.S.
  White 90.25% 64.26%
  African American 1.27% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.59% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.95% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 5.93% 16.26%

Of Last Name Wander

People with the last name Wander are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Wander

  • How Popular is the name Wander? Wander is the 46,144th most popular name of all time. As a last name Wander was the 25,989th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Wander have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 54 babies born with the first name Wander in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Wander? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1955 when it was given as a first name to 9 new born babies.
  • When was Wander first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Wander is Saturday, April 12th, 1884.
  • What year had the most people named Wander born? The highest recorded use of the first name Wander was in 1963 with a total of 13 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Wander: Your name in reverse order is Rednaw. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ewandr. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Wander? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 944 people with the last name Wander.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Wander? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Wander as their last name since less than 1 person in 313k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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