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Aphra Behn (1640-1689) was one of the first English women to earn a living through her writing.
-- turabiannights  9/5/2006
I do not have any clue about the origin of the name but I do know there was a Aphra Behn in England some centuries ago. She is the first professional female author we know of. Here are some links with the information we have on her:

This one is particularly interesting as it offers some variants of the name, which might help to trace the etymology.
-- VickyG057  12/29/2007
Aphra became a name used occasionally by 17th century English Puritans and their descendants. It was coined when they misread Biblical verse Micah 1-10 in the King James Bible (“in the house of Aphrah roll thyself in the dust”). Many Puritan parents took Aphrah to be a personal name, rather than a word meaning “dust.”

From http://www.geocities.com/edgarbook/names/az/aphra.html
-- Kate  4/1/2008

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