What does Greta mean?
Greta /gre-ta/ [2 sylls.] 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.
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 last year), Meg, Megan (#308), Meta and Rita are the prominent related forms of Greta (#594 last year) listed in the Top 1000. Variants like Marget are seldom used. 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%, 47% less), 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)