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Gender: female
Pronunciation: ka-SAHN-dra
Meaning: helper of man, prophet
Related Names: Alexandra, Casandera, Casandra, Cass, Cassandre, Cassandrea, Cassandry, Cassaundra, Cassi, Cassie, Cassondra, Cassy, Kasandera, Kassandra, Kassem, Kassi, Kassie, Kassy, Sande, Sandee, Sandera, Sandi, Sandie, Sandra, Sandy, Saundra, Sohndra, Sondra, Zandra

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Rank in 2000s: 152

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Name: cassandra Origin: Greek,,, Greek ,, Meaning (no case): helper of man, prophet





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ORIGIN AND HISTORY

The name Cassandra is of Greek origin, and it means "unheeded prophetess." It may also have been a female variation of Alexander.[1]

In Greek mythology, Cassandra was a daughter of the rulers of Troy during the Trojan War. Beautiful young Cassandra had been blessed by Apollo with the gift of prophecy. Apollo was infatuated with her, but when she would not accept his advances, he added a twist to the gift: Cassandra would be doomed to prophecy the truth, but no one would ever believe her.[1] Cassandra foresaw the danger posed by the Trojan horse, but the people of Troy ignored her warnings and Troy fell to the Greek soldiers that hid inside the horse.[1]

According to scholar Laura Fitton: "Cassandra has always been misunderstood and misinterpreted as a madwoman or crazy doomsday prophetess. Shakespeare presented her as a madwoman ranting and raving along the walls of Troy in his play Troilus and Cressida. Cassandra was a great, intelligent heroine who was cursed by the gods for not playing by their rules. She is a tragic figure, not a madwoman."[1]

POPULARITY

Cassandra was occasionally used in the Middle Ages up until the 18th century.[1]

In the United States, Cassandra first appeared on the top 1000 most popular names list in 1942, debuting at 546. It increased in popularity and became a top 100 name between 1982 and 1999. Cassandra has recently been losing favor, but it still quite a popular name: in 2007, it ranked as the 260th most popular girl's name in the United States.

The alternate spelling Kassandra appeared on the top 1000 chart in 1981 and ranked as high as 120 in 1993. In 2007, Kassandra was the 498th most popular girl's name in the United States.[1]

Cassandra is more popular in Australia, Canada, Belgium, Sweden and France.[1]

FACTS

  • "Mistress of the Dark" vamp icon Elvira was born with the name Cassandra Peterson.[1]
  • Sir William Neil Connor, a British journalist, wrote a column under the pen name Cassandra between 1935 and 1967.[1]

NAMESAKES

Places named Cassandra:

  • Cassandra, Pennsylvania[1]


Songs about Cassandra:

  • "Cassandra" ABBA
  • "Cassandra" Bonnie St Claire
  • "Cassandra Gemini" The Mars Volta
  • "Cassandra on the Dance Floor" September 67[1]


Fictional characters named Cassandra:

FAMOUS PERSONS

NOTES


Authors: JL Perry and Sarena Emily Levinson

Facts about CassandraRDF feed
Gender female  +
Length 9  +
Meaning helper of man, prophet  +
Meaningnc helper of man, prophet  +
Name cassandra  +
Origin Greek  +, and Greek   +
Popularity 2  +
Pronunciation ka-SAHN-dra  +
Rank in 2000s 152  +
Related Alexandra  +, Casandera  +, Casandra  +, Cass  +, Cassandre  +, Cassandrea  +, Cassandry  +, Cassaundra  +, Cassi  +, Cassie  +, Cassondra  +, Cassy  +, Kasandera  +, Kassandra  +, Kassem  +, Kassi  +, Kassie  +, Kassy  +, Sande  +, Sandee  +, Sandera  +, Sandi  +, Sandie  +, Sandra  +, Sandy  +, Saundra  +, Sohndra  +, Sondra  +, and Zandra  +
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