What does Greta mean?
Greta \g-re-ta\ as a girls' name is pronounced GREH-tah. It is of German and Greek origin, and the meaning of Greta is "pearl". Short form of Margaret. Made famous by actress Greta Garbo. Marathon runner Greta Waitz.
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. during 1930-1939, and is at #594 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Gretchen, Margaret (#169 last year), Meg, Megan (#308), Meta and Rita are the prominent related forms of Greta (#594 last year) listed in the Top 1000. These girl names were at the peak of their popularity during the years 1960-1969 (usage of 0.5199%) and are now significantly less widespread (usage 0.2756%, down 47%), with the versions Greta, Gretchen, Meta and Rita becoming less in vogue. Megan (#308) is the most trendy name for newborns in this list. Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of Greta and associated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)