What does Greta mean?
Short form of Margaret. Made famous by actress Greta Garbo. Marathon runner Greta Waitz.
How popular is Greta?
Greta is a very prominent first name for women (#728 out of 4276, Top 17%) but an uncommon surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the birth name popularity of Greta for girls. Greta was first listed in 1890-1899 and reached its apex rank of #372 in the U.S. in the 1930s, and is at #594 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Gretchen, Margaret (#169 2 years ago), Meg, Megan (#308), Meta and Rita are the prominent related forms of Greta (#594 2 years ago) listed in the Top 1000. Other variants, like Marget, are seldom used. These relations of Greta were at the peak of their popularity during the years 1960-1969 (usage of 0.5199%) and are somewhat less widespread today (usage 0.2756%, 47% less). Margaret has historically been a favorite of parents, although Megan seems to be becoming a favorite too, and Rita is now less common. Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of Greta and associated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)