(Closed) What does a english speaking person think of the name Petra?

posted 3 years ago in Names
  • poll: What do you think of the name Petra?
    Petra is a ugly name. : (44 votes)
    17 %
    Petra is a beautiful name. : (109 votes)
    43 %
    Petra is just like any other name. : (79 votes)
    31 %
    Petra is really weird. : (21 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 16
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2015

    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
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    459 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2017

    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
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    5028 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2017

    Reminds me of the word petrified.

    Post # 19
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    7642 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    BookishBee :  Dakota, Georgia, Paris… all girls’ names and far more well known places than Petra.

    Post # 20
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    96 posts
    Worker bee
    • 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
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    108 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2018

    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
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    222 posts
    Helper bee

    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
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    8971 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    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
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    87 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2027

    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
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    7899 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    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
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    1011 posts
    Bumble bee

    It reminds me of the Jamaican singer Patra.  In fact that’s how I initially read it.  

    Post # 27
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    1011 posts
    Bumble bee

    It’s also the name of an oil company.

    Post # 28
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    208 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    Reminds me of Jane the virgin. I like it. Petra on the show is beautiful… eastern european. 

    Post # 29
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    208 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    And its pronounced “peh-tra” on the show. That’s how i would pronounce it anyway…

    Post # 30
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    9526 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    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

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