Gender: Female Meaning of Perpetua: "perpetual" Origin of Perpetua: Latin

Perpetua Origin and Meaning

The name Perpetua is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "perpetual".

Perpetually unwieldy.

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Perpetua's International Variations

Perpétue (French)


christineolteanu Says:


I really like this name! What's not to like, it sounds pretty, it has a positive meaning, it is out of the spotlight and it has the fantastic and lovely saint Perpetua whom I admire greatly. I don't think it'd be hard to spell either, I mean it's perpetual without the L at the end. It's very pretty.

Mhill46 Says:


Completely unnecessary and rude and no need to attack someone for their opinion.

novangla Says:


Agreed that this description seems unnecessarily blunt/judgmental, so here is my take: Perpetua was a saint from Northern Africa who was sentenced to death for her Christian beliefs. She was wealthy and a new mother, and her family tried to get her to recant so they could pull strings and keep her alive, but she refused. She was unusual in being an ancient woman who wrote her own account of her martyrdom. It's also a perfect twin name with Felicity and lends itself to nicknames Pippa, Pepper, or even Poppy.

novangla Says:


What an unnecessary comment! Petra is a feminine form of Peter, meaning "rock". Perpetua (which sounds nothing like Petra) means "eternal" and is the name of a Roman saint and martyr. I'm pretty sure Perpetua is actually an older name than Petra!

theclarest Says:


I also don't like the judgmental descriptions. It would be nice if it just had general information about the meaning and its history. It's not a name I'd choose for my child, but I know a little Perpetua, and her name suits her. She has a younger sister Felicity; they are named after Christian saints/martyrs.

Lomagical1723 Says:


no you idiot it sounds like Petra was just not flowery enough so they went on a dictionary field trip to find something ridiculous to substitute it with.

Tina_and_Bert Says:


I wish Nameberry descriptions were not so judge-y, goodness. This is a perfectly lovely and pedigreed name.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I really like it, but seems more suitable for a fantasy character than a modern kid.

l_cotton Says:


I think its pronunciation really adds a whole other layer to it, pehr-peh-twah. It is also a name deeply associated in Tunisia and with Carthage and the Romans.