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PronouncedPron.KAS-see-oos Classical Latin
KASH-əs English
KAS-ee-əs English

Meaning & History

Roman family name which was possibly derived from Latin cassus "empty, vain". This name was borne by several early saints. In modern times, it was the original first name of boxer Muhammad Ali (1942-2016), who was named after his father Cassius Clay, who was himself named after the American abolitionist Cassius Clay (1810-1903).
Feminine FormCassia


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Entry updated July 2, 2017   Contribute