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What does Gretna mean?

Gretna Pronunciation of Gretna [gret-na] as a girls' name. The meaning of the name Gretna is "pearl". Gretna is a version of Greta (German, Greek): short version of Margaret.


11 related forms via Greta: Greeta, Gretal, Grete, Gretel, Gretha, Grethe, Grethel, Gretta, Grette, Grietje and Gryta.

Creative forms:
(female) Grettan, ..

(male) Gretby, Gretre, ..

Middle name pairings:
Gretna Valencia (G.V.), ..

How popular is Gretna?

Gretna is an unusual given name for females. Gretna is an uncommon surname too for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Which version is better?

with its source form and related girl names. Greta (#573 a year ago) and Gretta are the prominent variation forms of Gretna (not ranked) appearing in the Top 2000. Other variants, like Gretha, are seldom used. These forms of Gretna were at the top of their popularity in 2015. Greta is the clear favorite. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Similar Names

Recommended names are Arena, Areta, Aretha, Aretina, Aretta, Breana, Breena, Breina, Brenna, Breona, Bretny (see Brittany), Bretta, Dreena, Drena, Erena, Gaenna, Gaetana, Geena, Geeta, Geina, Gena, Genna, Gertina, Gleana, Glenna, Grata, Gratia, Gratiana, Gretl, Guenna, Gwenna, Irena, Oreana, Oreta, Oretha, Oretta, Treena, Treina, Trena and Urena. These names tend to be more frequently used than Gretna.

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