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What does Gretel mean?

Gretel Pronunciation of Gretel as a girls' name is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Gretel is "pearl". Pet form of Grete, a diminutive of Margaret. Also form of Greta.




RELATED FORMS VIA GRETE, MARGARET Greta, Gretal, Gretchen, Grethel, Gretl, Gretta, Grette



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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?

Popular alternative forms of Gretel (NOT RANKED) listed in the Top 2000 are Greta (#587 LAST YEAR), Gretchen, Gretta and Margaret (#127). Other variants, like Gretal, are seldom used. These forms of Gretel were popular with parents in the 1910s (ADOPTION OF 2.4%) and have become much less common since (ADOPTION 0.2%, 92.9% LESS), with versions such as Gretchen becoming less fashionable. Greta is the most contemporarily stylish birth name in this list. (2018 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 sound-alike 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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