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Origin: Portugal
Region Origin: Southern Europe

Cassandra is a feminine name of Greek origin, meaning "shining upon man". It is a Latinized version of the Greek name Kassandra, which is associated with a Trojan princess in Greek mythology. The name is derived from the Greek words "κέκασμαι" (kekasmai), meaning "to excel, to shine," and "ἀνήρ" (aner), meaning "man" (genitive ἀνδρός). In Greek mythology, Cassandra was the daughter of King Priam and Queen Hecuba of Troy. She was given the gift of prophecy by Apollo, the sun god, but was cursed so that no one would believe her prophecies. Despite her accurate predictions, her warnings were never heeded, and she was unable to prevent the tragic events of the Trojan War. The name Cassandra has been in occasional use since the Middle Ages and has gained popularity in the 20th century.

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