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Girl Name: Aphra

Name: Aphra
Pronunciation: \a-ph-ra\
Gender / Sex: girl name girl
Meaning: dust
Origin: Latin
Related Names: Ophrah, Orpah
Sounds Like: Aphria, Ophra
Variant forms: Affera, Affery, Afra


Aphra \a-ph-ra\ as a girl's name is pronounced AFF-rah. Possibly means "young deer" in Hebrew. Also possibly from the Latin name Afra, which was originally an ethnic name for a woman from Africa, which was later used as a nickname for a dark person. It was also the name of a fourth-century German saint. The respelling of the name to Aphra may be due to Aphrah as biblical place name, meaning "dust". Dust and Ashes were actually used by English Puritans as first names in the 17th century. Writer Aphra Behn (17th century).

Aphra has 3 variant forms: Affera, Affery and Afra.

For more information, see also related names Ophrah and Orpah.

Baby names that sound like Aphra are Aphria and Ophra.

View a list of the 4 names that reference Aphra.


Aphra is not a popular first name for women and an equally uncommon surname or last name for both men and women. (1990 U.S. Census)

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