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Gender: F Meaning of Petra: "rock, stone" Origin of Petra: Greek, feminine variation of Peter

An exotic Greek name with something of a Slavic feel, Petra is a relatively recent feminization of Peter, though it relates back to an incredible ancient city in Jordan that was rediscovered in the early nineteenth century.

Currently the second most popular name in Croatia and in the Top 20 in Hungary, Petra actually did rank in the U.S. Top 1000 every year from 1880 to 1951, reaching a high of Number 493 in 1929.

There have been Petras in two European film classics: Ingmar Bergman's Smiles of a Summer Night and Rainer Werner Fassbinder's The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant.

The most prominent Petra in recent years is gorgeous supermodel Petra Nemcova--who is now an international disaster relief activist.

Famous People Named Petra

Petra Bagust, New Zealand TV presenter
Petra Cetkovská, Czech tennis player
Petra Collins, Canadian photographer and artist
Petra Ecclestone, British-Croatian heiress and socialite
Petra Haden, American violinist and singer
Petra Kvitova, Czech tennis player
Petra Martić, Croatian tennis player
Petra Linnea Paula Marklund aka September, Swedish singer
Petra Maria Mede, Swedish comedienne, dancer and TV host
Petra Nemcova, Czech model
Petra Schmidt-Schaller, German actress
Petra Hildegard Elisabeth Schürmann, German actress, model; Miss World 1956
Petra Charlotte Verkaik, American model
Petra Yared, Australian actress

Pop Culture References for the name Petra

Petra, maid and confidante of Anne Egerman in Stephen Sondheim's "A Little Night Music"
Petra Arkanian, character in Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game series.
Petra Hoffman, minor character on Australian TV show "Dance Academy"
Petra Taylor, character on British soap "Brookside"
Petra Ral, character in anime/manga "Attack on Titan"
Petra Larsen, character on TV's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."
Petra Sutherland, character in "Incendiary" by Chris Cleave
Petra Kronos, main character in the Kronos Chronicles series
Petra Solano, character on TV's "Jane the Virgin"

Petra's International Variations

Peitra, Peta, Petronila, Petrona (Spanish) Petronella, Petrina, Perrine, Petrini, Petronelle (Greek) Pierrette, Pierra, Pétronille, Pierina (French) Pietra, Piera (Italian) Petenka, Petya (Russian) Petrine, Pedrine (Danish) Peti, Peterke (Slavic) Petronela (Polish)