The name Phaedra is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "bright". Phaedra and is often added to lists like Unique Vintage Baby Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".
From the experts:
This name of a tragic figure in Greek mythology, the daughter of King Minos, sister of Ariadne and wife of Theseus, has a mysterious and intriguing appeal, and would make a dramatic choice.
Phaedra has been a persistent theme in literature, both ancient and modern. There have been plays by Euripedes, Racine, Unamuno, and O'Neill, novels, poetry, operas and film--as recently as the 2011 Immortals starring Freida Pinto.
One celebrity pulled a gender switch when she named her son Phaedra Bloom Forever.