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ScriptsΚασσανδρα Ancient Greek
PronouncedPron.kə-SAN-drə English
kə-SAHN-drə English
kas-SAN-dra Italian
ka-SAN-dra German

Meaning & History

From the Greek name Κασσανδρα (Kassandra), derived from possibly κεκασμαι (kekasmai) "to excel, to shine" and ανηρ (aner) "man" (genitive ανδρος). In Greek myth Cassandra was a Trojan princess, the daughter of Priam and Hecuba. She was given the gift of prophecy by Apollo, but when she spurned his advances he cursed her so nobody would believe her prophecies.

In the Middle Ages this name was common in England due to the popularity of medieval tales about the Trojan War. It subsequently became rare, but was revived in the 20th century.
VariantsKasandra, Kassandra English Kassandra Greek Mythology
DiminutivesCass, Cassie, Kassy English
Other Languages & CulturesKassandra Ancient Greek Kasandra Polish


Depiction of the Trojan princess Cassandra by Evelyn De Morgan (1898)Depiction of the Trojan princess Cassandra by Evelyn De Morgan (1898)


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Entry updated December 8, 2017   Contribute