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Any thoughts on Petra?

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comeonbishbosh Sun 23-Sep-12 20:50:41

Just mulling on it for expected new arrival. Unusual but no unheard of, shortish, easy to spell.

My DD is called Iris, if that helps. And we don't live in the NE, so not too many people being referred to as 'pet' round here!

jaffacakehips Sun 23-Sep-12 20:51:55

I love the name Petra, DH said no angry

Please use it, very underused name.

meditrina Sun 23-Sep-12 20:53:22

Place of conception? Or Blue Peter dog?

The dog on blue Peter.

Narked Sun 23-Sep-12 20:58:36

I just asked DH and he said, 'The dog on Blue Peter.' For me it's the place rather than the dog - I'm younger than DH grin. I think you might find an age divide in people's responses to the name.

MoonHare Sun 23-Sep-12 21:00:07

Even I'm too young to remember Petra the Blue Peter dog being alive, however the name will always instantly make me think - dog. Shame as I agree it's a nice name with lots to commend it.

Narked Sun 23-Sep-12 21:01:14

Rain on my parade why don't you MoonHare grin

poocatcherchampion Sun 23-Sep-12 21:03:32


MrsPresley Sun 23-Sep-12 21:04:06

Lovely name, I know someone called Petra (an adult), have never heard of the place name (had to google) and didnt think of the dog on BP.

If you like it, go for it, it's a lot nicer than some of the "names" suggested on here!

Lakota Sun 23-Sep-12 21:05:55

Makes me think of sea birds. Although I think that might be Petral.

AThingInYourLife Sun 23-Sep-12 21:08:49

I love it.

It was on my list for DD3.

Iris and Petra - perfect smile

comeonbishbosh Sun 23-Sep-12 21:10:03

Yes, it's true, there is the residual 'dog on Blue Peter' effect! I'm 40 and that dog was even before my time but seems to have a persistent place in the hearts of my generation! However, would not too bothered about that - there's only so many characters on kids television you can rule out (and I think it was a nice dog smile)

suebfg Sun 23-Sep-12 21:13:15

Reminds me of a dog's name, sorry

RumBaaBaa Sun 23-Sep-12 21:14:33

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apachepony Sun 23-Sep-12 21:14:50

Nice name. Wouldn't worry too much about a dog that was around approx 40 years before her birth, doubt her peers will make a connection!

stuffitunderthebed Sun 23-Sep-12 21:24:41

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SandStorm Sun 23-Sep-12 21:27:11

I'm of an age where my first thought is Blue Peter too. Sorry OP.

JollyToddler Sun 23-Sep-12 21:30:03

There's a book called Ender's game which will be made into a film in the next few years. One of the characters is called Petra Arkanian.

I am 26, I had no idea Petra was a blue peter dog, so certainly none of her peers would make that connection!

Yika Sun 23-Sep-12 21:32:39

Lovely name. I don't remember Petra from blue Peter even though im 45! I remember Shep but i don't suppose you'll be considering that as a name for your DD. Petra is beautiful, classic and international (I know several Czech Petras).

TaperJeanGirl Sun 23-Sep-12 21:42:52

I love it, its on my girls list for imaginary dd, I know a sweet little 6 year old Petra, didnt know it was the name of a blue peter dog...(I also have a dd with the middle name Iris)

IslaValargeone Sun 23-Sep-12 21:45:35

Lovely name, very elegant.

numptymark1 Sun 23-Sep-12 21:46:38

I went to school with a Petra -I'm 34 and no dog jokes as far as I remember

I later worked with a Petra but pronounced it Pete-ra

couldn't get my head around that one

Badgerina Sun 23-Sep-12 22:24:34

I really like it. It goes very well with Iris.

You could also use Petula?

sarlat Mon 24-Sep-12 02:38:56

Love the name Petra and don't think of blue peter dog (32 btw)

But a good alternative is Petrina - really love this name. Good nick name potantial with 'Trina' etc

Kelerina Mon 24-Sep-12 09:06:09

I think it's a nice, not too commom name but the first though that went through my mid was petrified......mabe just me though!!!

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