From the hereditary title of the queens of Ethiopia, as mentioned in Acts in the New Testament
. It is apparently derived from Cushitic kdke
meaning "queen mother". In some versions of the Bible it is spelled Kandake
, reflecting the Greek spelling Κανδακη
. It was used as a given name by the Puritans
after the Protestant Reformation
. It was popularized in the 20th century by a character in the movie 'Meet the Stewarts' (1942).