Phaedra \pha(ed)-ra\ as a girl's 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.