National Cash Day is celebrated on April 16. Cash is a surname found in the U.S., the U.K., and many other English-speaking countries. Although stars like Johnny Cash helped make the name world-famous, it has been around for several centuries. In countries like Ireland, Cash can also be a girl’s name, which is often a shortened ‘Cassandra,’ also known as ‘Cass,’ Greek for ‘shining upon men.’ The French word ‘Caisse,’ meaning box or chest, also translates to ‘Cash,’ which means ‘maker of chests,’ which comes from the European tradition of naming people after the profession of their ancestors.
History of National Cash Day
Cash is the diminutive form of ‘Cassius,’ a Latin boy’s name meaning ‘hollow.’ Gaius Cassius Longinus, a Roman general and senator who was among the leaders of the plot to assassinate Julius Caesar, is one of the best-known individuals to carry this name. Cassius is also featured as the main character in William Shakespeare’s “The Tragedy of Julius Caesar.”
Cassius Clay, better known as Mohamed Ali, is perhaps the most notable figure to bear this name in recent times. A vocal abolitionist and supporter of the civil rights movement, the boxing champion would have left his mark on the world even if he had not changed his name. To this day, he is still considered the greatest sportsman of all time and one of the most entertaining celebrities of his era.
Cash is also an Anglo-Scottish surname for boys. Johnny Cash, the celebrated singer-songwriter, is undoubtedly the most famous individual to carry this name. Born in 1932, Cash was known for his deep bass-baritone voice, distinctive instrumentals, and hard-hitting lyrics that focused on themes of sadness, pain, depression, and redemption. Cash was one of the most influential celebrities of his time, attracting audiences young and old with his charming persona and average Joe appeal. His troubled life rocked by substance abuse, addiction, repeated adultery, and being an absentee parent came to epitomize the rock and roll culture that began emerging in the 1950s and 1960s America.
National Cash Day timeline
Johnny Cash stars in his own television show on the ABC network.
Dylan Cash, an American child actor, begins his acting career as Michael Corinthos on ABC daytime drama “General Hospital.”
James Cash Jr. completes his eight-year term as a Microsoft board member.
English boxer Felix Cash becomes the middleweight Commonwealth champion.
National Cash Day FAQs
What is the name Cash short for?
‘Cash’ is short for ‘Cassius.’
Can girls be named Cash?
In Ireland, ‘Cash’ may be an alternative for ‘Cass,’ which is short for ‘Cassandra.’
What kind of name is Cash?
Cash is a name of Latin origin.
National Cash Day Activities
Listen to Johnny Cash
The ‘Man in Black’ is a legend for a reason. Listen to some of the greatest hits by Johnny Cash.
Get a name plaque
If you were blessed with the name, get yourself a plaque with ‘Cash’ on it. Show off your exceptional name in style.
Read about some famous namesakes
Many famous people share the name Cash, either as a first or last name. Learn about your namesakes on National Cash Day.
5 Interesting Facts About Cash
Johnny Cash never went to prison
Though he cultivated an outlaw image and sang ‘Folsom Prison Blues,’ Johnny Cash never served a prison sentence.
It’s a common name in Ghana
Ghana is the fourth country after the U.S., England, and Australia to have the name ‘Cash’ as a boy’s surname.
It’s the most prevalent in the U.S.
Despite its Scottish and Latin roots, ‘Cash’ is most prevalent in the U.S., with over 40,000 Americans sharing this name.
The singer turned politician
Andrew Cash is a Canadian singer-songwriter who became a politician, serving as a member of parliament (MP) for Davenport between 2011 and 2015.
The versatile actor
Before playing Stormfront in the dark superhero drama “The Boys,” Aya Cash acted in the FX comedy series “You’re the Worst.”
Why We Love National Cash Day
It’s a unique name
Cash is a one-of-a-kind name. You don’t meet many people out there with it and that makes it special.
It sounds cool
Maybe it's the association with the legendary Johnny Cash. Maybe it's because it is a common term for money. All we know is, that Cash is one suave-sounding name.
Standing the test of time
Cash first emerged in the late 1800s. It’s still popular today, proof that it stood the test of time as a popular name.
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