Post # 16
It sounds like a city to me, not a person.
This made me look into whether other city names would seem normal as person names. There are some that seem okay to me, like Sofia or Geneva. But for the most part, it seems odd to me to imagine people with city names: Barcelona, Vienna, Philadelphia, Tulsa, Atlanta…. nope.
(All of these examples are ones that end in -a, so there was at least hope that they might pass as girl’s names.)
Post # 17
I have met several people named Petra. I wouldn’t think of it as odd at all, but we live in a very culturally diverse area.
Post # 18
Reminds me of the word petrified.
Post # 19
BookishBee : Dakota, Georgia, Paris… all girls’ names and far more well known places than Petra.
Post # 20
- Wedding: December 2016 - Sacred Heart Catholic Church
I like the name Petra. It is unique but not in that weird Apple, Pilot Inspektor, Fifi Trixibelle, etc. way.
My future sil is named that, so I thought it was a Mexican name.
As long as you like it, who cares what others think.
Post # 21
Makes me think of the city, the etymology of stone, and petrified. I’d think middle eastern if only because of the city. I would think it is beautiful if only I could get away from thinking of petrified, as I love stone and historic cities.
Post # 22
I would pronounce this name like “pay-truh”. It’s not a very common name where I live, but I don’t think it’s weird…kinda just like a feminine version of the name Peter.
Post # 23
bibilicious : I’ve known a Petra, but just one. I like the name just fine. In the back of my mind I might assume there was a Greek or Eastern European heritage or connection. I would pronounce it Pet-ruh, but like a PP specified, the tr together would come out like a ch, so Petch-ruh.
Post # 24
It makes me think of the word “petrified.”
Other than that, it’s better than a lot of other names I see on here.
Post # 25
It’s a neat name that sounds a bit Eastern European. She could do cool things with “petra-fied” if she needs a slogan or something.
Post # 26
It reminds me of the Jamaican singer Patra. In fact that’s how I initially read it.
Post # 27
It’s also the name of an oil company.
Post # 28
Reminds me of Jane the virgin. I like it. Petra on the show is beautiful… eastern european.
Post # 29
And its pronounced “peh-tra” on the show. That’s how i would pronounce it anyway…
Post # 30
I have heard it Pet-tra. I don’t find it unusual but I have worked with many from Russia and Eastern Europe. It is very pretty and classic.
Never watched Jane the Virgin, lol