Quick Facts on Kassandra
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Shining upon men
Characteristics of Kassandra
Etymology & Historical Origin - Kassandra
Kassandra is the ancient Greek spelling of Cassandra as well as a modern variation. Cassandra originated from Greek mythology. The name probably comes from the Greek words “kekasmai” and “aner” which together mean “shining upon men”. The name is also associated with the meaning “she who fills men with love”. In Greek legend, Cassandra was the mortal daughter and Trojan princess of King Priam, ruler of ancient city-state of Troy (circa 1300 B.C.). The god of poetry and prophesy, Apollo, was so enchanted by this beautiful woman he gave her the power to foretell the future. But when Cassandra rejected Apollo’s advances, he cursed her by declaring that no one would believe her prophesies. As the Trojan War progressed, the Greeks hide inside the hollow wooden horse in order to gain access inside the gates of Troy. Foreseeing their eminent demise, Cassandra pleads with her fellow Trojans not to wheel the horse inside the gates of Troy – but of course they don’t believe her. As we all know, despite Cassandra’s desperate efforts, Troy is sacked by the Greeks. In later Greek tragedies written by Aeschylus, Euripides and Sophocles, Cassandra is depicted as a madwoman, helpless and tormented in the grip of her prophetic powers which everyone ignores. The play “Agamemnon” by Aeschylus written in the 5th century B.C. tells the story of Agamemnon, King of Argos, and his homecoming after the Trojan War. Agamemnon takes Cassandra as a war-prize back with him to Greece. His angry wife Clytemnestra has been lying in wait to kill Agamemnon and also decides to murder Cassandra. Possessed by Apollo’s prophesies, Cassandra sees all too clearly her pending fate. She has no choice but to walk squarely into her own death, which she does so bravely. Cassandra is used as a metaphor for situations in which valid warnings are disbelieved or ignored. The name Cassandra was used occasionally in the Middle Ages but considered much more of a rare and exotic name. It has come back into favor in modern times. Some parents opt for the Kassandra (with a K) spelling over Cassandra.
Popularity of the Name Kassandra
The more traditional spelling of Cassandra is more popular than Kassandra but not by much. Kassandra first appeared on the American female naming charts in 1981 (about 40 years after Cassandra). The spelling with a K did remarkably well on the charts relatively quickly, and reached her height of popularity at position #120 in 1993. Oddly enough, Kassandra’s popularity was spurred on by Spanish-speaking Americans who were fans of a popular Venezuelan telenovela series called Kassandra (airing between 1991 and 1992). Kassandra is a gypsy girl who marries into a wealthy family; but when her husband is killed on their wedding night, she is blamed for his murder. After the initial excitement surrounding this telenovela wore off, the name Kassandra began to fall from favor and her usage in America dwindled. In fact, both Cassandra and Kassandra are now falling in popularity. All the better for parents who are looking for unique names for their daughters, especially ones loaded with ancient mythological history and interesting etymologies. Kassandra is an all around great name choice: it’s a pretty, feminine three-syllable name that can easily be shortened to Kassie, Kass or even Sandra. A little girl who is destined to “shine upon men”.
Popularity of the Girl Name Kassandra
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Kassandra
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Kassandra
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Popular Songs on Kassandra
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Children's Books on the Baby Name Kassandra
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Famous People Named Kassandra
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Children of Famous People Named Kassandra
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Kassandra - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
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Personality of the Girl Name Kassandra
The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth". Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.
Variations of the Baby Name - Kassandra