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Alexandra

Cassandra was a beloved of Apollo who had granted her the gift of prophecy, but then cursed her after she scorned his love so that no one would ever believe her predictions. She is depicted in this painting from antiquity being raped by Ajax after the fall of Troy.
NameAlexandra
CaptionCassandra was a beloved of Apollo who had granted her the gift of prophecy, but then cursed her after she scorned his love so that no one would ever believe her predictions. She is depicted in this painting from antiquity being raped by Ajax after the fall of Troy.
PronunciationIPA: /ˌælɪgˈzændrə, -ˈzɑn-/
Phonetic: [al-ig-zan-druh, -zahn-]
GenderFeminine, the masculine variant being Alexander.
Meaning"Defender, protector of man".
LanguageFrom the Latin Alexandra, itself based upon the Greek Alexandros, from alexein meaning "to ward off, keep off, turn away, defend, protect" and aner meaning "man".
SeealsoAlejandra, Aleksandra, Alessandra, Alexandrine, Alex, Alexa, Alexis, Cassandra, Kassandra, Lexi, Lexie, Lexa, Alessia, Alessiya, Alesiya, Olesia, Olesiya, Olessiya, Sandra, Sandrina, Sandrine, Sally, Sandy, Sendy, Shandy, Sasha, Shura, Xandra, Ksandra. The name Alexandria is similar, though itself means "land, place of Alexander".

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Alexandra ( ) is the feminine form of the given name Alexander, which is a romanization of the Greek name Αλέξανδρος (Alexandros). Etymologically, the name is a compound of the Greek verb ἀλέξειν (alexein) "to defend" and the noun ἀνδρός (andros), genitive of ἀνήρ (anēr) "man". Thus it may be roughly translated as "protector of man". The name was one of the titles ("epithets") given to the Greek goddess Hera and as such is usually taken to mean "one who comes to save warriors". The earliest attested form of the name is the Mycenaean Greek a-re-ka-sa-da-ra, written in Linear B syllabic script.


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