CASS-ee-us; CASH-us

Cassius Origin and Meaning

The name Cassius is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "hollow".

Cassius, a Shakespearean name rooted in antiquity, is trending in a major way. It's one of a raft of Cas-starting names for both boys and girls, including Caspian, Cassian, and Cassia, that are enjoying a new moiment in the sun.

There were two notable Ancient Roman figures named Cassius. Cassius Dio wrote an 80-volume history of Rome. Gaius Cassius Longinus, a senator who led the assassination plot against Julius Caesar, is the main figure in Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Julius Caesar.

In more modern times, Cassius Clay was an abolitionist and also the birth name of boxer Muhammad Ali. It was chosen for their sons by singer Bobby Brown and Getty heir/actor Balthazar Getty. Vanessa Marcil and Brian Austin Green used the nouveau Kassius spelling for theirs. With these namesakes, it's no surprise this name has become popular in recent years.

Americans tend to pronounce the name CASH-us while Europeans, including the British, say CASS-ee-us. Cass and Cash are both accessible nicknames.

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Famous People Named Cassius

  • Cassius Marcellus Claybirth name of Muhammad Ali, American boxer
  • Cassius Marcellus ClayAmerican abolitionist
  • Cassius VaughnAmerican NFL football player
  • Cassius Lee MarshAmerican NFL football player
  • Cassius Marcellus CoolidgeAmerican painter
  • Gaius Avidius CassiusUsurper of the Roman Empire
  • Cassius LonginusHellenistic rhetorician and philosophical critic
  • Cassius DioRoman consul and historian
  • Cassius Edward Taylor (b. 1996)son of Lady Helen (Windsor) Taylor; in line to the British throne
  • Cassius Kumar Wilkinsonson of actress Sakina Jaffrey and Francis Wilkinson
  • Cassius Etienne Harrison Hillson of singer Kim Hill
  • Cassius Paul Getty (b. 2000)son of actor Balthazar Getty
  • Cassius Arellano (b. 2004)son of reality TV personality Darva Conger and Jim Arellano
  • Cassius Croverson of drummer Dale Crover of Melvins
  • Cassius Aveory Brass (b. 2008)son of reality TV personality Darren Brass of "Miami Ink"
  • Cassius Reilly (b. 2008)son of comedian Shappi Khorsandi and Christian Reilly
  • Cassius Brown (b. 2009)son of singer Bobby Brown
  • Cassius Licuria (b. 2011)son of Australian rules footballer Paul Licuria
  • Cassius Joseph Barton (b. 2011)son of footballer Joey Barton
  • Cassius Cruz Dwyer (b. 2016)son of soccer players Dom Dwyer and Sydney Leroux

Cassius in Pop Culture

  • Cassius de SpainConfederate cavalry soldier, afterward sheriff of Yoknapatawpha Co., in Absalom, Absalom! (1936) by William Faulkner
  • Cassiusconspirator in Shakespeare's play 'Julius Caesar'
  • Cassius Greenmain character in Sorry to Bother You, portrayed by Lakeith Stanfield
  • 'Cassius'song by English indie rock band, Foals
  • Cassius au Bellonacharacter in the Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown

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