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Gender: Female Meaning of Cassandra: "prophetess" Origin of Cassandra: Greek Cassandra's Popularity in 2017: #606

The name Cassandra is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "prophetess". Cassandra is ranked #606 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Mythology Girl Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Love, Like, Lose: Alphabetical".

From the experts:

The name of the tragic mythological Trojan princess who was given the gift of prophecy by Apollo, but was condemned never to be believed, Cassandra has been used for exotic characters in movies and soap operas. Ethereal and delicate, Cassandra was in the Top 70 throughout the 1990s, but is now descending in popularity.

Cassandra was the name of Jane Austen's mother, sister and two cousins. Cassandra Wilkins is a character in John Dos Passon's novel Manhattan Transfer, but in the 2007 Woody Allen thriller, Cassandra's Dream, Cassandra was not the name of a person, but a sailboat.

Currently, Cassandra Wilson is a noted jazz singer; Charlie Sheen has a daughter Cassandra born in the eighties.

Nicknames include Cass, Cassa, Cassie, Sandra, Sandy

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Famous People Named Cassandra

Cassandra Wilson, American jazz singer
Cassandra Clare, pen name of Judith Rumelt, American novelist
Cassandra Lee Morris, American voice actress
Cassandra Austen, mother of novelist Jane Austen
Cassandra Austen, elder sister of novelist Jane Austen
Cassandra Lynn (Hensley), American model
Cassandra Peterson aka Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, American actress and TV presenter
Cassandra Ponti (born Lejanie Palma Anigan), Filipina actress and reality TV personality ("Pinoy Big Brother")
Cassandra Lynn "Cassie" Scerbo, American actress
Cassandra Lily "Cassie" Patten, English Olympic swimmer
Cassandra Rae "Cassie" Steele, Canadian actress
Cassandra Bankson, American model and YouTuber
Cassandra Steen, German-American singer of band Glashaus
Cassandra Jean (Whitehead), American actress and model
Cassandra Jade Estevez, daughter of actor Charlie Sheen
Cassandra "Casey" Jenner, daughter of athlete/TV personality Caitlyn (formerly Bruce) Jenner

Pop Culture References for the name Cassandra

Cassandra, Greek mythological prophetess cursed by Apollo to receive horrible prophesies and have none believe her after refusing his romantic advances.
Cassandra Wong, character in the Wayne's World series
Cassandra Cain aka Black Bat (formerly Batgirl II) from DC Comics
Cassandra "Cassie" Sandsmark, third Wonder Girl from DC Comics
Cassandra Nova, character in Marvel Universe
Cassandra Eleanor "Cassie" Lang aka Stature, character in Marvel Universe
Cassandra "Cassie" Palmer, title character in the series by Karen Chance
Cassandra "Cass," character in Secret Series by Pseudonymous Bosch
Cassandra "Cassie" Railly, main character on TV's 12 Monkeys
Cassandra Rawlins, character on American soap "The Young and the Restless"
Cassandra "Cass" Freedman, character on Australian soap "Neighbours"
Cassandra "Cassie" Turner, character on Australian soap "Home and Away"
Cassandra Foster, character on American soap "All My Children"
Cassandra Anne Spender, character on TV's "The X-Files"
Cassandra "Cass," character from Disney's 'Tangled: the Series'
Cassandra, character in musical 'Cats'
Cassandra "Cassie" Hack, character in the Hack/Slash comic book series
Cassandra "Cassie" Ainsworth, character on TV's "Skins"
Cassandra Cooper Ingalls, character on TV's "Little House on the Prairie"
Cassandra Louise Trotter, character on British TV series "Only Fools and Horses"
Cassandra "Cassie," character in "Beautiful" by Amy Reed
Cassandra, psychic cleaning lady in Christopher Durang's "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike"
Cassandra, character on TV's 'Doctor Who'
Cassandra Trelawney, character in the Harry Potter series
Cassandra, main character in "The Glittering Lights" by Barbara Cartland
Cassandra 'Cassi' July, dance teacher on TV's "Glee"
Cassandra "Cass", a character in "The Forest of Hands and Teeth", by Carrie Ryan
Cassandra Allegra Portia Calogera Filomena Pentaghast, a major character featured throughout the video game series "Dragon Age," as well as the movie "Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker."
Cassandra Alexandra, character in 'Soul Calibur' video games
Cassandra Goth, character in "The Sims" (1,2,4) video/computer games
Cassandra 'Cassie' Cage, character in Mortal Kombat X video game
Cassandra Perkins, character on TV's "Famous in Love"
Cassandra Mortmain, main character and narrator of novel "I Capture the Castle"


5sparrows Says:


Cassandra was the beloved older sister of Jane Austen

Cassandra Veronica O'Neala Law Says:



bordercollie Says:


Cassandra is a gorgeous, sophisticated name, but I can see it coming off as quite snobby if used in full without any nicknames. However, Cassandra, nn Cassie, would be adorable.

lillismonica Says:


Me too. I dislike Sandra. Cassandra is beautiful, flowing, graceful. So unusual. Phoebe and clodia are other classical names I love.

hermioneameliastyles Says:


I think this nickname Cassie could work for this name.

Hylian Wizard Says:


Moisturise me! Now that's the only thing I can think of when I hear this name.

kpearl8 Says:


I really dislike the name Sandra and most names with Sandra in them, but for some reason Cassandra is one of my favorite names ever. I think it's the emphasis or something...

Swan Says:


Cassandra/Kassandra does not mean prophetess, not even slightly. It's a feminisation of the Greek male name Cassander. The 'andra' is from 'andros' meaning 'of man'. The 'cass' could have several roots, depending on how you look at it. The real origin is uncertain. Proto Indo European 'skand' meaning shine/light? Arabic al-qasr as in castle (via later Arabic kasbah), meaning fortress? So 'Light of Man'? 'Fortress of man?' Either of these meanings would be acceptable, and you can see why Homer choose it for his character - she was the light of mankind for sure, the only one capable of warning them. But nope, definitely not prophetess.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


Cassandra was a prophetess, but the meaning of her name is 'she who entangles men'