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Catherine comes from the earlier Greek name Hekaterine, which derives from hekateros "''each of the two''". Originated from the goddess [[wikipedia:Hecate|Hecate]]; it's related to Greek aikia "torture"; or a Coptic name meaning "my consecration of your name".
 
Catherine comes from the earlier Greek name Hekaterine, which derives from hekateros "''each of the two''". Originated from the goddess [[wikipedia:Hecate|Hecate]]; it's related to Greek aikia "torture"; or a Coptic name meaning "my consecration of your name".
   
In the early Christian era it became associated with Greek katharos "pure". The name was borne by a legendary 4th-century saint and martyr, Saint Catherine, from Alexandria who was tortured on a spiked wheel.
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In the early Christian era it became associated with Greek katharos "pure". The name was borne by a semi-legendary 4th-century saint and martyr, Saint Catherine, from Alexandria who was tortured on a spiked wheel.
   
 
The name Cassandra comes from the Greek name Κασσανδρα (Kassandra), derived from possibly κεκασμαι (kekasmai) meaning "to excel, to shine" and ανηρ (aner) meaning "man" (genitive ανδρος). In Greek myth Cassandra was a Trojan princess, the daughter of [[Priam]] and Hecuba. She was given the gift of prophecy by Apollo, but when she spurned his advances he cursed her so nobody would believe her prophecies.
 
The name Cassandra comes from the Greek name Κασσανδρα (Kassandra), derived from possibly κεκασμαι (kekasmai) meaning "to excel, to shine" and ανηρ (aner) meaning "man" (genitive ανδρος). In Greek myth Cassandra was a Trojan princess, the daughter of [[Priam]] and Hecuba. She was given the gift of prophecy by Apollo, but when she spurned his advances he cursed her so nobody would believe her prophecies.

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