Cassandra or Kassandra

Cassandra or Kassandra is a female Greek name that derives from the Greek words kekasmai that means “to shine” and aner which means a “man” ( and in the genitive becomes andros).

Therefore Cassandra means the one who shines upon man.

female greek name cassandra

Sound of name Cassandra: Ka-ssá-nthra

Male Version of name Cassandra: Cassandros (ancient Greek name, not that common today)

Nameday of Cassandra: N/A

Origin of name Cassandra

Cassandra or Kassandra is an ancient Greek name that has no nameday and is not mentioned in the orthodox Calendar.

In Greek mythology, Cassandra was the daughter of King Priam of Troy and of Queen Hecuba. Kassandra was the sister of Helenus, Paris, and Hector.

God Apollo gave Cassandra the gift of prophecy, but when she rejected his advances, he ordained that no one would ever believe her prophecies (which were always accurate).

Before the fall of Troy, Cassandra warned the Trojans that the gift-horse of the Greeks was a trick, but no one believed her and the Trojans suffered defeat.

At the fall of Troy, Cassandra was given as booty to the victorious Agamemnon, king of Argos and Mycenae. Cassandra warned the king that his wife, Clytemnistra, would kill him, but Agamemnon would not believe her. He took Cassandra back to Mycenae. Finally, Clytemnestra murdered Agamemnon and Cassandra.

Cassandra appears in many works of literature, including Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, Virgil’s Aeneid, Ovid’S Metamorphoses, and many others. The word Cassandra has come to mean someone who is a prophet of doom.

Nicknames deriving from name Cassandra

Cassandra has a few nicknames and diminutives, such as Cassi, Cassia, Assi, Anta, Anna

The Names’ Fairy reveals the meaning of name Cassandra

Cassandra is an audacious woman; usually she is quite extroverted and she can be a dynamic and strong person, intimidating towards others. Cassandra is a woman that cannot be manipulated.

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One Response to Cassandra or Kassandra

  1. Cyrex August 29, 2011 at 11:48 #

    “Cassandra” is the name of my daughter. -Cyrex

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