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What does Greta mean?

Greta Pronunciation of Greta [gre-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.

Associated with: greek.


Greta has 13 variants: Greeta, Gretal, Gretchen, Grete, Gretel, Gretha, Grethe, Grethel, Gretna, Gretta, Grette, Grietje and Gryta.

5 more related forms via Margaret: Gretl, Marketa, Meta, Meyta and Rita.

Creative forms:
(female) Grede, Gweta, ..

(male) Gregar, Greva, ..

Middle name pairings:
Greta Karter (G.K.), ..

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. Demographics)

Greta reached its apex rank of #383 in the U.S. in the 1930s, and is at #573 currently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Greta name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Greta outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Gretchen (#1431 from recent data), Gretta, Margaret (#154), Meta and Rita (#1282) are the prominent related forms of Greta (#573 from recent data) listed in the Top 2000. Other variants, like Meyta, are seldom used. These relations of Greta were at the peak of their popularity in the 1890s (usage of 4.5%) and are now significantly less widespread (usage 0.2%, 96% less), with versions such as Rita becoming less in vogue. Greta is the most trendy name for newborns in this list.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Greta, Gretchen, Gretta, Margaret, Meta, Rita in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Greta, Margaret outside U.S.

Similar Names

Greta is alike in pronunciation to Grata. Other recommended names are Aleta, Aneta, Areta, Aretta, Arleta, Beta, Bretta, Brieta, Brita, Cleta, Gaea, Geela, Geena, Geeta, Gena, Gerta, Ghita, Gita, Gitta, Gratia, Greer, Grenata, Gusta, Irita, Iveta, Leeta, Leta, Loreta, Neta, Oleta, Oreta, Oretta, Peta, Queta, Reeta, Reta, Rheta, Rieta, Teeta, Theta, Veeta, Veta, Zeeta and Zeta. These names tend to be less frequently used than Greta.

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