What does Cassandra mean?
Cassandra \c(a)-ssand-ra, cass(an)-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.
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.
Cassandra has 17 more alternative forms via Alexander: Aleksandra, Alexanda, Alexanderia, Alexanderine, Alexandre, Alexandrea▼, Alexandreana, Alexandrena, Alexandrene, Alexandretta, Alexandria, Alexandrina, Alexandrine, Alexsandra, Alixandra, Alixandria and Alyxandra.
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. Census)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Cassandra for girls. 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 #516. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Alexandria (#211 in 2014), Kassandra (#683), Casey (#792), Sandra (#800), Sandi, Kassie, Sondra, Sandy, Saundra, Cassondra, Casandra, Alexandrea, Casie, Cassie, Kasandra, Alexander and Kasey are the popular related forms of Cassandra (#516 in 2014). Adoption of these girl names reached its highest in the year 1990 (usage of 0.4666%) and is now significantly less (usage 0.111%, down 76.2%), with forms like Sandra, Casey, Kasey, Kassandra and Cassie falling out of style. Alexandria (#211) and Cassandra (#516) are two of the more contemporarily stylish names for newborns in this list. Displayed below is an analysis of the popularity of the girl name Cassandra and associated names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)