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Gretchen is a traditionally German name. It derives from the ever-popular and vintage option, Margaret. In modern times in America, Gretchen is only a top 4,600 name for girls.

Meaning of the name Gretchen:

German: pearl

Origin of the name Gretchen:

Gretchen began as the German nickname for Margareta. Margareta is a variation of Margaret, which comes from the Latin Margarita. Margarita is a play on the Greek word “margarites.” Margaret was a popular option in the fourth century due to saints and martyrs in the early Christian church.

Symbolism of the name Gretchen:

The baby name Gretchen has the same meaning as Margaret and Margarita. Remember, all three of these options date back to the Greek word “margarites.” “Margarites” translates to “pearl” in English.

Style of the name Gretchen:


Gender of the name Gretchen:

Gretchen is a serious name for girls.

Pronunciation of the name Gretchen:

GREHT-khun or GRECH-en

Number of syllables in the name Gretchen:


Emotion evoked from the name Gretchen:

Gretchen is a mature and serious baby name. It is upper class and formal.

Alternative spellings for the name Gretchen:

  • Gretchenn
  • Grettchen
  • Grettchenn
  • Gretchun
  • Gretchunn
  • Grettchunn
  • Grettchun

Nicknames for the name Gretchen:

  • Gret
  • Greta 
  • Grete
  • Gretie
  • Grety
  • Greer
  • Hen
  • Hennie
  • Henny

Popularity of the name Gretchen:

Gretchen was on the top 1,000 list in America until 2008 when it was number 954. This name did best in 1976 when it was at rank 198. As of 2021, Gretchen is a top 4,600 option. More specifically, it is at rank 4,589 for girls.

Related names for the name Gretchen:

Great middle names for Gretchen and their meanings:

  • Simone (hear, listen, hearkening)
  • Elise (my God is an oath)
  • Hope (desire of fulfillment)
  • Elaine (shining light, sun ray)
  • Lucille (light)
  • Kate (pure, clear)
  • Noelle (Christmas, the Lord's birthday)
  • Adele (noble, nobility)

Famous people with the name Gretchen:

  • Gretchen Mol (actress, “Boardwalk Empire”)
  • Gretchen Rubin (author)
  • Gretchen Wilson (country music singer)
  • Gretchen Carlson (Miss America from 1989)
  • Gretchen Rossi (reality TV star, “Real Housewives of Orange County”)
  • Gretchen Egolf (actress, “Martial Law”)
  • Gretchen Whitmer (politician from Michigan)

Gretchens in popular culture:

  • Gretchen Weiners (character from “Mean Girls”)
  • Gretchen (character from “Phineas and Ferb”)
  • Gretchen Grundler (character from “Recess”)
  • Gretchen Ross (character from “Donnie Darko”)
  • Gretchen Berg (character from “Heroes”)
  • Gretchen (character from “Bob's Burgers”)
  • Gretchen Witter (character from “Dawson's Creek”)