"rock, stone"

Petra Origin and Meaning

The name Petra is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "rock, stone".

A strong Greek name with pan-European charm, 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 among the most popular girl names in Croatia, Hungary, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, Petra ranked in the US Top 1000 every year from 1880 to 1951, reaching a high of #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 also an international disaster relief activist. Petra is also the name of a famous Christian rock band.

# 987 in the US

Petra Rank in US Top 1000

# 306 on Nameberry

Petra Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Petra Popularity

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Famous People Named Petra

  • Petra BagustNew Zealand TV presenter
  • Petra CetkovskáCzech tennis player
  • Petra CollinsCanadian photographer and artist
  • Petra EcclestoneBritish,Croatian heiress and socialite
  • Petra HadenAmerican violinist and singer
  • Petra KvitovaCzech tennis player
  • Petra Martić‡Croatian tennis player
  • Petra Linnea Paula Marklund aka SeptemberSwedish singer
  • Petra Maria MedeSwedish comedienne, dancer and TV host
  • Petra NemcovaCzech model
  • Petra SchmidtSchaller, German actress
  • Petra Hildegard Elisabeth SchürmannGerman actress, model; Miss World 1956
  • Petra Charlotte VerkaikAmerican model
  • Petra YaredAustralian actress
  • Petra LindgrenSwedish rhythmic gymnast

Petra in Pop Culture

  • Petramaid and confidante in Stephen Sondheim's "A Little Night Music"
  • Petra Arkaniancharacter in Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game series.
  • Petra Hoffmanminor character on Australian TV show "Dance Academy"
  • Petra Taylorcharacter on British soap "Brookside"
  • Petra Ralfictional character in the Japanese anime and manga series "Attack On Titan"
  • Petra Larsencharacter on TV's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."
  • Petra Sutherlandcharacter in "Incendiary" by Chris Cleave
  • Petra Kronosmain character in the Kronos Chronicles series
  • Petra Solanocharacter on The CW's "Jane The Virgin"
  • Petracharacter in the game "Minecraft Story Mode"

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