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Gretel

What does Gretel mean?

Gretel Pronunciation of Gretel [gre-tel] as a girls' name is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Gretel is "pearl". Pet form of Grete, a diminutive of Margaret.

Affiliated girl name: Greta.

Associated with: greek.

Variations

7 related forms via Grete, Margaret: Greta, Gretal, Gretchen, Grethel, Gretl, Gretta and Grette.

Creative forms:
(female) Gratel, ..

(male) Gretelli, ..

Middle name pairings:
Gretel Lilyana (G.L.), ..

How popular is Gretel?

Gretel is a rare first name for women and an equally rare last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Which version is better?

with similar and related girl names. Popular alternative forms of Gretel (not ranked) listed in the Top 2000 are Greta (#573 last year), Gretchen (#1431), Gretta and Margaret (#154). Other variants, like Gretal, are seldom used. These forms of Gretel were popular with parents in the 1890s (adoption of 4.5%) and have become much less common since (adoption 0.2%, 96.1% less), with versions such as Gretchen becoming less fashionable. Greta is the most contemporarily stylish birth name in this list. (2015 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Similar Names

Recommended names are Arabel, Arete, Ariel, Averel, Batel, Bethel, Cristel, Crystel, Ehtel, Erthel (see Eartha), Estel, Etel, Freydel, Gael, Gayel, Geegee, Geela, Geeta, Gene, Gerte, Gitte, Grace, Gracee, Gracey, Grata, Gratia, Gratiela, Greer, Greeta, Gretha, Grethe, Gretna, Gricely, Grier, Grietje, Grisel, Grissel, Grizel, Gryta (see Greta), Gunnel, Jewel, Kristel, Krystel, Liesel, Liezel, Merel, Neel, Orabel, Orbel, Orel, Oriel, Orsel and Vitel. These names tend to be more frequently used than Gretel.

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