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What does Gretta mean?

Gretta Pronunciation of Gretta [gret-ta] as a girls' name is of Greek origin, and Gretta means "pearl". Gretta is an alternate spelling of Greta (German, Greek): short transcription of Margaret.

Associated with: greek.


Gretta has 2 variants: Greeta and Gryta.

14 more related forms via Greta, Margaret: Gretal, Grete, Gretel, Gretha, Grethe, Grethel, Gretl, Gretna, Grette, Grietje, Marketta, Meta, Mette and Meyta.

Creative forms:
(female) Greti, Gretla, ..

(male) Gretre, Gretti, ..

Middle name pairings:
Gretta Lauren (G.L.), ..

How popular is Gretta?

Gretta is a very prominent first name for women (#2079 out of 4276, Top 49%) but an uncommon last name for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)

Gretta reached its apex rank of #1009 in the U.S. during 1890-1899, but is not in the list at the moment. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related girl names. Popular varying forms of Gretta are Margaret (#154 in 2015), Greta (#573) and Meta. Other forms, like Greeta, are uncommon. Usage of these relations of Gretta was widespread among parents in the 1890s (median #492) and has become much reduced since (#1181, 96.3% less usage). Margaret is the firm favorite, although Greta appears to be gaining popularity too, while versions such as Margaret have become less contemporary.

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

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

Similar Names

Gretta is pronounced similarly to Grata. Other recommended names are Aletta, Anetta, Areta, Aretha, Aretta, Arette, Arletta, Arnetta, Betta, Brett, Bretta, Brette, Brietta, Britta, Caretta, Cetta, Coetta, Coretta, Detta, Doretta, Eletta, Erletta, Evetta, Geerda (see Gerda), Geeta, Gerda, Gert, Gerta, Gerte, Gerty, Ginetta, Gitta, Gratia, Grenata, Grenatta, Hetta, Huetta, Inetta, Ivetta, Jetta, Joetta, Koretta, Laretta, Leretta (see Loretta), Letta, Loretta, Maretta, Netta, Odetta, Oletta, Oreta, Oretha, Oretta, Orette, Ornetta (see Arnette), Retta, Rhetta, Ugetta, Wyetta, Yetta, Yvetta and Zetta. These names tend to be less frequently used than Gretta.

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