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Gender: F Pronunciation: FAY-drah Meaning of Phaedra: "bright" Origin of Phaedra: Greek

This name of a tragic figure in Greek mythology, the daughter of King Minos, sister of Ariadne and wife of Theseus, has a mysterious and intriguing appeal, and would make a dramatic choice.

Phaedra has been a persistent theme in literature, both ancient and modern. There have been plays by Euripedes, Racine, Unamuno, and O'Neill, novels, poetry, operas and film--as recently as the 2011 Immortals starring Freida Pinto.

One celebrity pulled a gender switch when she named her son Phaedra Bloom Forever.

Famous People Named Phaedra

Phaedra Parks, American reality TV personality ("The Real Housewives of Atlanta")
Avril Phædra Douglas "Kim" Campbell, 19th Prime Minister of Canada
Phaedra Bloom Forever Geldof-Cohen (b. 2013), son of media personality Peaches Geldof

Pop Culture References for the name Phaedra

Mentioned in the Nancy Sinatra song "Some Velvet Morning" ("Some velvet morning when I'm straight/I'm gonna open up your gate/And maybe tell you 'bout Phaedra/and how she gave me life/and how she made it in")

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