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Gender: F Meaning of Aphra: "dust" Origin of Aphra: Hebrew, variation of Aphrah

Aphra would make an interesting choice-- especially since it's the name of the first professional female writer in English, the seventeenth century's Aphra Behn. Born in 1640, she was a prolific dramatist of the English Restoration.

Aphra was originally a name for a woman from Africa that eventually became a given name, and was borne by several Roman saints. It can also be spelled Afra.

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Famous People Named Aphra

Aphra Behn, English poet, playwright, spy

Pop Culture References for the name Aphra

The biblical place name Aphrah (mentioned in the Book of Micah) was supposedly used as a unisex given name by the Puritans

Afra, Affera, Affery