Cassandra Name Meaning & Origin
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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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
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
Casandra Elizabeth Ventura Fine, known by her stage name "Cassie." American singer, songwriter, model, actress and dancer
- Cassandra in song, story & screen
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 Goth, a sim that appears in The Sims and The Sims 2, daughter of Mortimer and Bella, and sister of Alexander
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 video game Series "Soul Calibur"
Cassandra Pentaghast, from the video games "Dragon Age 2", "Dragon Age: Inquisition" and the movie "Dawn of the Seeker"
Cassandra “Cassie” Lang, the teenaged superhero daughter of Scott Lang Ant-Man, formerly known as Stature, now Stinger in Marvel comics.
Cassandra, the daughter of the Royal Guard and Rapunzel’s best friend and lady in waiting in Disney’s Tangled: The Series