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What does Cassandra mean?

Cassandra Pronunciation of Cassandra [cas-san-dra] as a girls' name is pronounced ka-SAN-dra, ka-SAHN-dra. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Cassandra is "shining upon man". Perhaps a version of Alexander, which originally was a feminine name, a byname for Hera, queen of the Olympian gods. Literary: Cassandra was a Trojan princess blessed with the gift of prophecy in Homer's "Iliad". She foretold the fall of Troy but was unheeded. The name was occasionally used from the Middle Ages until the 18th century.

Associated with: greek, shining (light), queen, literary, princess, blessed, gift, 18th century.


Cassandra has 48 variants: Cas, Casandera, Casandra, Casandri, Casaundr, Casaundra, Casey, Casie, Casondra, Casoundra, Cass, Cassandre, Cassandrea, Cassandry, Cassanndra, Cassaundra, Cassi, Cassie, Cassondra, Cassondria, Cassundra, Cassy, Kasandera, Kasandra, Kasandria, Kasaundra, Kasey, Kasondra, Kasoundra, Kassandra, Kassandre, Kassaundra, Kassi, Kassie, Kassondra, Kassy, Krisandra, Sande, Sandee, Sandera, Sandi, Sandie, Sandra, Sandy, Saundra, Sohndra, Sondra and Zandra.

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Middle name pairings:
Cassandra Kianna (C.K.), ..

How popular is Cassandra?

Cassandra is a very prominent first name for women (#269 out of 4276, Top 6%) and a slightly less prominent last name for all people (#79958 out of 150436, Top 53%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Cassandra was first listed in 1940-1949 and reached its peak position of #49 in the U.S. in the year 1990, and is currently at #511. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cassandra name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Cassandra outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Kassandra (#759 in recent rankings), Casey (#814), Sandra (#831), Kasey (#1092), Cassie (#1264), Sandy (#1918), Sandi, Sandee, Kassondra, Sandie, Casandra, Zandra, Saundra, Kassie, Sondra, Kassi, Cassondra, Cassi, Cassaundra, Cassy, Kasandra, Casie, Kasondra, Alexander and Casondra are the popular related forms of Cassandra (#511 in recent rankings). Adoption of these forms of Cassandra was common among parents 75 years ago (usage of 3%) and is now significantly less (usage 0.1%, 97% less), with forms like Sandra going out of style.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cassandra, Alexander, Casandra, Casey, Casie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Casondra, Cassaundra, Cassi, Cassie, Cassondra in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cassy, Kasandra, Kasey, Kasondra, Kassandra in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kassi, Kassie, Kassondra, Sandee, Sandi in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Sandie, Sandra, Sandy, Saundra, Sondra, Zandra in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Cassandra, Casey, Kasey, Sandra outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Alessandra, Alyssandra, Calandra, Calandre (see Calandra), Calandria, Candra, Caranda, Cassadi, Cassadie, Cassadina, Cassady, Cassilda, Chandra, Chrysandra, Hassana, Jessandra, Kalandra, Lasandra, Lashanda, Lisandra, Lissandra, Lissandre, Lysandra, Lyssandra, Rashanda, Roshandra and Wysandra. These names tend to be less frequently used than Cassandra.

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