Let’s Bring Cassie Back

my-name-is-cassieDid you know that it’s Fun Facts About Names Day? As a writer, I do a lot of research  about names for my different characters, but I’ve never taken the time to look up the name Cassie. Today seemed like the perfect day to check out the meaning and origin of my own name and I was actually surprised by what I discovered.

It’s believed that Cassie probably came from the Greek words “Kekasmai” and “aner” which together means “shining upon men”. Woohoo! I like this meaning way better than what someone told me when I was a kid. They said: “Cassie means a weed or thistle that you want to remove from your yard.” I think it was my older brother who told me this. He also used to call me “Cassie Gassy.” Thanks, bro. (Also, I’m really not liking the word “aner” for some reason.)

Surprisingly,  Cassie predates both Cassandra and Cassidy on the U.S. charts and has been around since 1880 which is as far back as available data goes. In the early 1900s, Cassie was used with respectable moderation. Between the 1940s and 1960s, Cassie struggled at the bottom of the charts, but then made an impressive climb in the 1980s. Go, Cassie!

Okay, here’s where I get excited. Cassie almost made it on America’s Top 100 list when she soared to position #138 in 1982. I was born in 1982! How cool is that. I’m a trend baby. I helped Cassie climb those name charts. Shoot, I stomped on Colleen and Sharon! (Bad joke? I know… I know… By the way, I’m not as old as my age sounds. You can stop doing the math. Trust me, my twelve year old son is way more mature than I am sometimes.)

Okay, back to Cassie…

Unfortunately, Cassie went out of style in the early 2000s, dropping off the 1,000 list in 2010. Today Cassie is so rare she doesn’t even appear on the charts.This is where I lose my excitement. Really, guys? You let Cassie go out of style? Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s time to bring Cassie back. She’s casual, cute, and sometimes even crafty. This is a girl you want to keep around.

I see Cassie in books, t.v. shows, and movies all the time, but it’s a rare occasion to come across a real Cassie. I’m not saying we need to see Cassie everywhere, but an occasional encounter with Cassie is always nice. I don’t want you getting tired of her, but let’s get Cassie back on those charts. Don’t let Cassie go extinct. Help Cassie thrive because a life without Cassie is a life without me. Let’s make Cassie classy again.

I hope you enjoyed reading my post about Cassie and I hope it wasn’t too sassy. Learning more about my name was a lot of fun and I hope I’ve inspired you to go research your own name. Make sure to come back and let me know what you learned. Also, what are your favorite names? Do you have any interesting facts about your own name? Let me know in the comments below.

Aloha ~ Cassie

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One Response to Let’s Bring Cassie Back

  1. “Shining upon men” Wow, what an awesome meaning for a name! Beatrice means “blessing” and “bringer of joy” 🙂 I used to prefer being called “Bea,” but nowadays I smile when people call me “Beatrice.”
    I love Russian sounding names too like “Anya” and “Katia” and “Nikolay” ❤

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