Meaning and name origin
Petra \p(e)-tra, pet-ra\ as a girl's name is pronounced PEH-trah. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Petra is "rock". Feminine variant of Peter. Pier is used as a girl's name due to the 1950s actress Pier Angeli. Peta is a Dutch form.
Petra▼ has 25 variant forms: Pella, Pernilla, Pernille, Perrine, Pet, Peta, Peterina, Peternella, Petria, Petrina, Petrine, Petronela, Petronella, Petronelle, Petronia, Petronija, Petronilla, Petronille, Petrova, Petrovna, Pier, Piera, Pierette, Pierrette and Pietra.
For more information, see also the related girl name Perri.
Petra is a very popular first name for females (#621 out of 4276, Top 15%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Petra for girls. Petra reached its highest rank of #362 in the U.S. in 1910-1919. (2014 statistics).