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What does Greta mean?

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.

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

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

(male) Gregar, Greva, ..

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Presented below is the birth name history of Greta for girls. Greta reached its apex rank of #383 in the U.S. in the 1930s, and is at #594 currently. (2014 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.

Gretchen (#1269 from recent data), Gretta, Margaret (#169), Meta and Rita (#1382) are the prominent related forms of Greta (#594 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.