Gretchen Name Meaning & Origin

Gretchen

Pronunciation: GREH-chən (key)

Origin of the name Gretchen:

A popular form of Margarethe (a pearl), Gretchen is commonly bestowed as an independent given name.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Greta, Gretel

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Nicknames for Gretchen

"Gretch." Funny people like to just say "G."
"Gretchie"

Meanings and history of the name Gretchen

Gretchen is a diminutive for the German name Margarete, meaning "pearl" It is the German equivalent of Maggie, but in Germany usually only used for children.

Famous real-life people named Gretchen

Gretchen Mol, actress, "The Notorious Bettie Page", "Rounders"
Gretchen Vogelzang, co-creator with Paige Heninger, of MommyCast
Gretchen Wilson, country singer
Gretchen Rubin, happiness expert and author of "The Happiness Project" book and blog
Gretchen Carlson, Fox News anchor and Miss America 1989
Gretchen, brazilian singer, web celebrity and businesswoman

Gretchen in song, story & screen

Gretchen Ross, character in the 2001 film "Donnie Darko".
Gretchen Wieners, character in the 2004 film "Mean Girls".
Gretchen Morgan, villainous character on the TV series "Prison Break."
Gretchen is the love interest in Goethe's classic novel "Faust". She symbolizes innocence, pure love, and redemption.

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