The name Aphra is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "dust". Aphra and is often added to lists like Cool Girl Names from Ancient Cultures and discussed in our forums with posts like "Build a sibset ....".
From the experts:
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.