Cassandra: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Cassandra

Cassandra

Pronunciation: kə-SAN-drə, kə-SAHN-drə (key)

Origin of the name Cassandra:

Derived from the Greek Kassandra, the mythological daughter of Priam and Hecuba who had the power of prophesy. Var: Casaundra, Kasandra, Kassandra, Kasaundra. Short: Cass, Kass, Sandra, Saundra. Pet: Cassi, Cassie, Cassy, Kassi, Kassie, Sandi, Sandie, Sandy.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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According to the baby name book "Cool Names" by Pamela Redmond Satran and Linda Rosenkrantz, the name Cassandra is 'cooler' than the names Cassidy and Casey.

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A find that with the name Cassandra it is very easy to create fun petnames and also you must announciate the Ca sound or people will end up calling you Sandra

Nicknames for Cassandra: | Edit

Cass, Cassie, Casey, Case, Cassafrass, Tassie, Cassi, Sandra, Sandy, Sadie, Sadi, Cassidy, Andi, Cake

Meanings and history of the name Cassandra: | Edit

The meaning is Greek, "Shining upon man"
The Christian meaning is " Helper of mankind"

This name has become a symbol of the archetypal character of someone whose prophetic insight is obscured by insanity, turning their revelations into riddles. In Greek myth, Cassandra was granted the gift of prophecy by the god Apollo. When she spurned him, while he could not take back his gift, he changed it so that she would never be believed by anyone who heard her prophecies.

The Cassandra Syndrome is a fictional condition that describes someone who can see the future, but can't do anything about it.

A person full of gloomy, defeatist or apocalyptic predictions is sometimes referred to as a Cassandra (after the same mythological character, who foretold the destruction of Troy during the Trojan War) - sort of the opposite of a Pollyanna!

Famous real-life people named Cassandra: | Edit

Casandra Ventura, American singer
Cassandra Clare, American author
Cassandra Peterson, American actress, best known for her on-screen horror hostess character, Elvira "Mistress of the Dark"
Cassandra Austen, English watercolorist and the elder sister of Jane Austen
Cassandra Wilson, American jazz musician, vocalist, songwriter, and producer
Cassandra Steen, German singer, songwriter and backing vocalist
Cassandra Steele, Canadian actress-Degrassi

Cassandra in song, story & screen: | Edit

Cassandra, character in UK TV series (season 1 & 2) "Skins"
Cassandra, character in the movie "The Scorpion King," a sorceress who can see the future.
Cassandra, sexy rock singer girlfriend of the title character in the movie "Wayne's World".
Cassandra Cain, one of the Batgirls in the DC comics universe
Cassandra Goth, character in The Sims series of games.
Cassandra Kirschbaum, a character in the movie "Saved!"
Cassandra Mortmain, teenage heroine of the classic novel "I Capture the Castle"
Cassandra Wilder character played by Anne Archer on "Falcon Crest"
Cassandra "Cassie" Sandsmark, a demi-goddess, the current Wonder Girl, and the daughter of Zeus, in the DC comics universe
Cassandra, from videogame Series "Soul Calibur"

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