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What does Phaedra mean?

Phaedra Pronunciation of Phaedra [phae-dra] as a girls' name is pronounced FAY-drah. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Phaedra is "bright". Greek mythology: the daughter of King Minos, who was married to the hero Theseus and fell in love with her stepson Hippolytus. When he spurned her advances, she committed suicide. The tale of Phaedra's dark and guilty love has inspired playwrights from ancient to modern times.

Associated with: greek, bright (light), mythology, king (queen), hero, tale (literary), dark (black), ancient (old), modern.


Phaedra has 7 variants: Faydra, Fedra, Phadra, Phaedre, Phaidra, Phedra and Phedre.

Creative forms:
(female) Phidra, Phydra, ..

(male) Phaeder, Phaedy, ..

Middle name pairings:
Phaedra Ally (P.A.), ..

How popular is Phaedra?

Phaedra is an unusual given name for females. Phaedra is an equivalently unusual last name too for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)

Phaedra was first listed in 1970-1979 and reached its apex position of #1673 in the U.S. then, but is not in the Top 1000 currently. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Phaedra name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Phaedra outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended names are Alandra, Caera, Candra, Cedra, Chandara, Chandra, Chantra, Chara, Chaundra, Cheeara, Daeira, Deadra, Deandra, Dedra, Deedra, Diandra, Diedra, Dyandra, Jadra, Jaidra, Jaydra, Kandra, Keandra, Kiandra, Landra, Leandra, Madra, Nadra, Nedra, Needra, Padma, Pandora, Pandra, Pera, Petra, Phanya, Phelia, Phemia, Pheodora, Philyra, Piera, Pietra, Sandra, Shadira, Shakeera, Shakira, Shamara, Shameera, Shamira, Shandra, Shanedra (see Sha-), Shara, Sheera, Shera, Tedra, Thamara, Thamera, Tiandra, Xandra and Zandra. These names tend to be more frequently used than Phaedra.

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