Cendrillon, Cenicenta, Askepot… What do these words mean in English? Cinderella. But is there a deeper meaning to this simple, four syllable word? We can say Cinderella in over 30 languages, but in the end, does it signify anything other than a Disney Princess?

As we all know, this story comes from a classic folk tale, it’s about a young woman who lives an unfortunate life but her life ends up changing for the better.  The word “Cinderella” has become a word. By analogy, it comes to mean someone who unexpectedly achieves a greater fortune. It’s a person who overcomes obscurity and neglect and is finally recognised for something greater.

When I found the following information online, I was really shocked to see how much the name Cinderella changes from one culture to another.