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

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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 Nemcova, Czech model known for SI cover, caught in 2004 tsunami, Dancing with the Stars contestant
Petra Kvitova, Czech professional tennis player, ranked World No. 9 as of March 2014
Petra Linnea Paula Marklund, b. 1984, real name of Swedish singer September
Petra Collins, photographer and artist
Petra Ecclestone, British/Croatian heiress and socialite

Pop Culture References for the Name Petra

Petra Arkanian, character in Orson Scott Card's "Ender's Game" series.
Petra Hoffman, minor character on the Australian TV show "Dance Academy."
Petra Ral, character from anime/manga Attack on Titan
Petra Larsen, character from TV series "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."
Petra Sutherland, character in Incendiary

Pedi, Pedie, Pella, Pernilla, Pernille, Pet, Petee, Peterina, Peternella, Petria, Petronia, Petronilla, Petrova, Petrovna, Petta, Pieretta, Pierretta

Petra's International Variations

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