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Gender: Female Meaning of Petra: "rock, stone" Origin of Petra: Greek, feminine variation of Peter

The name Petra is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "rock, stone". Petra and is often added to lists like Unique Baby Girl Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

An exotic Greek name with something of a Slavic feel, 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 the second most popular name in Croatia and in the Top 20 in Hungary, Petra actually did rank in the U.S. Top 1000 every year from 1880 to 1951, reaching a high of Number 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 now an international disaster relief activist.

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Famous People Named Petra

Petra Bagust, New Zealand TV presenter
Petra Cetkovská, Czech tennis player
Petra Collins, Canadian photographer and artist
Petra Ecclestone, British-Croatian heiress and socialite
Petra Haden, American violinist and singer
Petra Kvitova, Czech tennis player
Petra Martić‡, Croatian tennis player
Petra Linnea Paula Marklund aka September, Swedish singer
Petra Maria Mede, Swedish comedienne, dancer and TV host
Petra Nemcova, Czech model
Petra Schmidt-Schaller, German actress
Petra Hildegard Elisabeth Schürmann, German actress, model; Miss World 1956
Petra Charlotte Verkaik, American model
Petra Yared, Australian actress
Petra Lindgren, Swedish rhythmic gymnast

Pop Culture References for the name Petra

Petra, maid and confidante of Anne Egerman in Stephen Sondheim's "A Little Night Music"
Petra Arkanian, character in Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game series.
Petra Hoffman, minor character on Australian TV show "Dance Academy"
Petra Taylor, character on British soap "Brookside"
Petra Ral, fictional character in the Japanese anime and manga series "Attack On Titan"
Petra Larsen, character on TV's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."
Petra Sutherland, character in "Incendiary" by Chris Cleave
Petra Kronos, main character in the Kronos Chronicles series
Petra Solano, character on The CW's "Jane The Virgin"
Petra, character in the game "Minecraft Story Mode"

Petra's International Variations

Peitra, Peta, Petronila, Petrona (Spanish) Petronella, Petrina, Perrine, Petrini, Petronelle (Greek) Pierrette, Pierra, Pétronille, Pierina (French) Pietra, Piera (Italian) Petenka, Petya (Russian) Petrine, Pedrine (Danish) Peti, Peterke (Slavic) Petronela (Polish)


TechnoKitten Says:


Beautiful and unique name.

SarahHD Says:


The name, Petra, makes me think of my favorite Minecraft Story Mode character! The name fits her so well because she is a powerful warrior! If I had children, then I would name her Petra if female! 😊😁

breprih Says:


Our son's name is Roman and we are considering Petra if we have a girl. I think the two names would make a great sibset. Plus, both names have some German usage and our last name is German so I think Petra sounds great with our last name.

ElenaCroatia Says:


My cute cousin has this name, so I have nothing but positive associations with it, but it is *so* popular in Croatia. Like, every third girl I meet is Petra.

Skittlewiddles Says:


I am glad to see positive opinions about this name. I think it is absolutely lovely!

yourlocaldumpster Says:


Petra Kronos? Anyone?

annabliss Says:


This name is sticking out to me right now. Lovely!

Petra Says:


My name is Petra I agree its the right name for a strong person

Noey Says:


I adore this name to bits! Thankfully it's one of the few names my fiance and I can both agree on for a daughter (other than Athena). It has the perfect balance of glamour, sensibility, with a pinch of wild flair that just makes it pop for me. I can imagine an adult Petra from anything from an artist to a sharp dressed businesswoman. It really is a perfect, stunning name!

priviledgedpistachios Says:


I love this name, and I love the way Eastern Europeans say it! I would love to see a little Petra running around my house

headintheclouds Says:


Petra strikes me as a very grounded and solid name, fitting with its meaning with rock. It's short and sweet, feminine and powerful (the sharp P and cutting -tra sounds strong and appealing to me), + very sophisticated- I imagine a Petra to be a very beautiful and glamorous put-together woman. I definitely like Petra a lot better than its male counterpart Peter.

bixbynerd Says:


This is absolutely the best name out there.

lesliemarion Says:


I agree. It is a great name. Strong and powerful, womanly and -a ending. It's also to me a very sexy name, and if I were a straight man or a gay woman, I would want to date a Petra. :)

Tay2thestars Says:


Such a strong, earthy, and somewhat rugged name...but at the same time, still holds an air of femininity and elegance. I love it!