Supernatural: How Erik Kripke Found The Name ‘Castiel’

Uday Singh
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Castiel is probably the most loved character in Supernatural after the duo of Winchester brothers. Appeared first in Lazarus Rising, Castiel had one of the best intros not only in the show but in the whole Television history, along with, obviously, Julian Richings ‘Death’. Since than Castiel has been adored and sometimes used as a laughing material in the show. But do you know the meaning behind Castiel’s name? Well, an angel named ‘Castiel’ doesn’t appaear in The Holy Bible.

At first, Castiel was supposed to be a demon but later the plans changed, as they always do in the CW show, that an angel would join the boys instead. Eric Kripke was thinking of a name for this angel but couldn’t think something good. With all the changes made to the cast, names and appearences, Eric Kripke eventually found out a way to find a good name for this biblical figure.


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At that time, Supernatural was airing on Thursdays. The show creator Eric Kripke opened google and searched “The Angel of Thursday” and Cassiel appeared first. So, as you know, he named that angel as Castiel. Kripke revealed this on his Twitter account.

An unpopular fact why Castiel is called “Cass” is because when Kripke searched “Angel of Thursday”, Cassiel came up. The first four letters “Cass” turned out to be his nickname. That was the real meaning behind Castiel’s name. It does sound an amusing and cute name, though, doesn’t it?

Supernatural really had so many changes in the cast, the names, and the character appaearances too. Like Bobby Singer was named after a producer Robert Singer. Also, him and John Winchester were orignally set to appear in one episode each. And the name Winchester was actually Harrison. But because due to most of these changes Supernatural has been a great success for the creators and fun time for the viewers. All the legends, myths and story arcs we see in Supernatural are fascinating.

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