Petra: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Petra

Petra

Pronunciation: PEHT-rə (key)

Origin of the name Petra:

Feminine form of Peter, from the Late Latin Petrus, which is derived from petros (a stone) or petra (a rock).

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Petra is the name of a 100 b.c. city in Jordan carved into a red sandstone mountain.

Personal experiences with the name Petra: | Edit

We named out daughter (b. 2012) Petra. Strangers often comment about how lovely it is. We are American, but my husband and I have a strong Eastern European heritage. We wanted to pick a name that was German, Dutch, or Czech. Often, those types of names are harsh or difficult to pronounce. "Petra" was simple, feminine, and is a familiar name in all three countries. The most common mispronunciation we hear is 'Pay-tra', but only while we lived in a community with a high Latin-American population. Turns out Petra is a common Colombian name, too! ;)

Our daughter (b. 2009) is named Petra. Surprisingly many older people we have met in the US have never heard of Petra as a first name.

We also named our daughter Petra (b. 2009). While we're American, we discovered that it's not uncommon in Germany and parts of Eastern Europe. We have several German friends who were surprised we named her that; they consider it to be a uniquely Germanic name.

My best friends name is Petra.It's a rear name ,but she wears it with pride.

We named our daughter Petra (b. 2013). I am pleasantly surprised at the number of people who identify with the name culturally. My Armenian brother-in-law was pleased because it's an Armenian name. A Greek Orthodox couple we know were thrilled that we had named her something so Greek. People of Eastern European (Polish, Russian, Hungarian, etc.) descent say it reminds them of family members. Our families are happy that we named her for a saint (Peter the Apostle). Oh dear! How can we tell them that we named her for Petra Arkanian from "Ender's Game"??

My name is Petra. Surprisingly, the only two people to have heard of my name before were a friend from Russia and a classmate born in Ukraine. I was actually named after a gas station attendant, though the story often gets twisted.

Nicknames for Petra: | Edit

Peti, Pet ,Petri ,Pepi, Pepe, Pepper

Meanings and history of the name Petra: | Edit

Petra is a feminine form of the male name Peter, meaning "rock". Others include Petronella, Petula, and Peta.

Famous real-life people named Petra: | Edit

Petra Collins, Canadian photographer.
Petra Němcová, Czech fashion model.
Petra Haden, American singer & violinist.
Petra Kelly, German politician and human rights activist.
Petra Kvitova, Czech tennis player.

Petra in song, story & screen: | Edit

Petra Gregory, 7-year-old character in the book "The Weight of Silence", the best friend of Calli Clark, raped by her father's student.
Petra Arkanian - member of Ender's "jeesh" in Orson Scott Card's Ender Sequence
Petra Greene, a character in Rachel Maude's "Posuer" series
A character from Chasing Vermeer

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