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What does Gretchen mean?

Gretchen Pronunciation of Gretchen [gretchen] as a girls' name is pronounced GREH-chen. It is of German and Greek origin, and the meaning of Gretchen is "pearl". Variant of Margaret.

Affiliated girl name: Greta.

Associated with: greek.


3 alternative forms via Margaret: Gretel, Grethel and Grette.

Creative forms:


Middle name pairings:
Gretchen Maci (G.M.), ..

How popular is Gretchen?

Gretchen is a very popular first name for women (#444 out of 4276, Top 10%) and a slightly less popular surname for all people (#101654 out of 150436, Top 68%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Gretchen reached its peak position of #225 in the U.S. in the 1970s, and is currently at #1431. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with similar and related girl names. Prominent variation forms of Gretchen (#1431 last year) are Margaret (#154 last year) and Greta (#573). Other variants, like Grette, are seldom used. These forms of Gretchen were at the height of their popularity 125 years ago (usage of 4.47%) and are now significantly less common (usage 0.17%, 96.1%), with forms such as Margaret becoming somewhat outmoded. Greta is the most fashionable girl name among these.

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

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

Similar Names

Recommended names are Annettchen, Bracken, Breen, Britten, Franceen, Gaetane, Gleneen, Grace, Gracee, Gracey, Gracie, Grayce, Greer, Gretal, Grete, Gretha, Grethe, Gretl, Gretna, Gretta, Grietje, Ireen, Ireleen, Katchen, Lottchen, Treen and Trinchen (see Katherine). These names tend to be less frequently used than Gretchen.

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