Gretchen meaning

: a pearl.

Gretchen Name Information

Gender 👩 Girl
Pronunciation 📣 \g-ret-chen, gr(e)-tchen\
Number of People 👶 54,000
Rate in 2021 4589
Numerology 🔢 8
Name origin 🌍 German
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Gretchen Name Meaning

The name Gretchen symbolizes 'a pearl', signifying purity, value, and wisdom. Its bearers are often percieved as charismatic, poised, and insightful individuals who possess a unique ability to both absorb and reflect wisdom and knowledge.

Gretchen Name Origin and History

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Additional description of the name Gretchen

Gretchen originates as a German diminutive of the name Margareta. Gaining popularity in Germany, it made its way to other countries over time. It essentially became significant in English-speaking countries during the 20th century following the popularity of Goethe's play Faust, which had a character named Gretchen.

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Additional name description Gretchen
Additional name description Gretchen

While Gretchen isn't historically a popular name, it has distinct standout appeal due to its usage in culture and media. Notable bearers include Gretchen Mol, an American actress, Gretchen Wilson, an American country music artist, and Gretchen Rubin, a bestselling author on habits and happiness. Individuals named Gretchen are typically characterized by wit, strength, and an inspiring presence, making it a thoughtful and distinguished choice for parents.

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01/14/2024 00:00:00

My name is Gretchen. My dad chose the name because he heard it when lived in Germany for a couple of years. I like my name.

01/14/2024 00:00:00

My Goddaughter's name is Gretchen. She turns 2 1/2 years old tomorrow and I can't imagine that her personality would entertain any other name. She's God's little pearl. I thank him for her every day. :-)

12/25/2023 13:36:22

I named my daughter Gretchen and she is a fabulous person!

12/22/2023 21:49:56

My name is Gretchen and I couldn't imagine it being anything else. It's nice that I never had to deal with nicknames and short names because there's no way to shorten it without it being awkward. I haven't met too many Gretche's in my life time and I like that. I love my name.

12/08/2023 10:27:20

HI'my name is Gretchen and i am 11 years old. I love m name!!! HEHE :)

10/19/2023 05:13:02

I used to really love my name. Then I'married. His mother has the'same name. Ruined my name and my mariage. I'm thinking about Grıte or Greta, or even Rachel.

10/02/2023 09:07:12

Sorry folks, being named Gretchen was not fun for me, not an ego-booster. Growing up in the 50s and 60s in the US, I figured one day I would like it, but no. It didn't even match my first given name, and even'though my mother'smiled and explained I was named after a good friend's wife they admired Gretchen seemed wrong for me. Funny story: when I needed my birth certificate a few years ago, as one sometimes does, for the first time I really read it carefully, and lo & behold I noticed (finally) that my assumed middle name Gretchen WAS NOT THERE! Turns out my parents had only THOUGHT they had registered me with that middle name / a middle name! Think, on all my school and college forms, driver licence, passport, marriage certificate, and so on-- i've falsely written Gretchen! What a joke! Since discovering his, and since my dear parents have passed away, I now only go by my first name, maiden & married names! Life is funn.

09/11/2023 21:44:16

When I was in my hometown It was only two Lakesha's. When I'moved to St.Louis It was so many of the girls named that'same name I didn't even answer. I love my name my name is Lakesha and my nickname is Key or Kiki. I am 34 years old and I name my daughter Ayesha. Well actually my husband did.

08/24/2023 05:33:26

It is hillarious to read the above comments. I too hated my name growing up, and go through the'same spelling mistakes. People DO always mix it up with Rachel, Bridget, and Christian. As with the other Gretche's out there, as an adult I love my name =)

07/14/2023 08:15:44

My name is Gretchen and as a little girl I used to HATE it! But i've come to love it because there are not a lot of Gretchen's out there. I have met two other Gretchen's in my life and I'm 20 yrs old. However people used to call me Meghan or Bridget and the worst... Richard! Thats not even a girls name! But people compliment my name all the time when I'met my best friend she'said my name is like a princess name. :) Gretchen is a little pearl ***

06/29/2023 02:57:30

I named My daughter Gretchen because it is the german version of margaret which is my sisters middle name and 2 of my aunts name. I also wanted a name that was different than the norm but not so unusual that it would be all people remembered her by.

06/23/2023 15:00:08

hello my name is gretchen king i live in lexington tennessee. i live with my mom and my brother and my dad passed away 6 years ago. people miss spell my name alot.. like grechen or gretchin and other ways too. i wish i can met othe's gretche's, but i think I'met one when i 10 and it was my moms high skool teacher her name was gretchen'too. love my people at skool calls me gretchen wilson all the time well g2g ttyl

06/05/2023 06:10:08

My name is Gretchen also. People don't really tease me about it. They have mixed it up with Bridget at times. I hated it growing up, I even'told my mom I would change it when I got older. Now I love my name though, being unique feels great.

05/11/2023 10:45:00

Gretchen is the most beautiful, feminine, melodic, and pretty name there is. It has such a beautiful, elegant yet strong sound to it and it pushes your mouth into a smile. I don't know why people think It'sounds "ugly" or why people often cite it as an ugly name. No, really, I genuinely don't understand how it can sound ugly to people. How can anyone find such a beautiful name ugly❤️ Especially one that pushes your mouth into a smile. They must hate to smile or something. Or maybe It's tall poppy syndrome, they gotta make the girl with the prettiest name feel insecure because they want to be jer's. Well, the truth is, Gretchen is the most gorgeous name to ever exist. I love the traditional and strong sound to it. It makes me think of a pretty blonde woman who loves wearing dresses, wears her hair up, smiles constantly. and has a bit of a cute accent. It'sounds like happiness and sunshine to me. I love meeting women named Gretchen because I love hearing them say their beautiful name (usually with a smile while doing so). You ladies who are blessed with this gorgeous name, be thankful. I know I'm thankful that this name exists so I get to hear the beautiful sound that is the name "Gretchen".

05/01/2023 23:52:04

My name is Gretchen and I'm 35 years old. People used to laugh at me when I was little because they thought it was an ugly name. I have to say I used to hate telling people my name because I, too, thought it was ugly. But now I love it and get compliments quite often on my name - even from those of the younger generation.

03/26/2023 10:01:18

We are considering this name if we have a daughter because It's cute for a little girl AND elegant as she grows up. It's not very common, but It's also easy to pronounce - a top priority with our challenging last name!

03/16/2023 11:05:24

I love my name. I used to dislike it when I was younger, but I grew to appreciate its uniqueness as an adult. I find that people often mix it up with Rachel, Bridget, Ginger - and even Richard!

03/10/2023 16:57:44 is Gretchen and I'm 47.I also hated my name my mom is German and said that it was a beautiful name'she was actually going to name me Gretyl.Thank goodness for that .growing up I never got teased except due to the garbage pail kids stickers Gretchen Retchin.but then everyone had a sticker. Only adults when I was in my teens would tell me how horrible my name was or that there dog was named Gretchen but never any of my friends or boyfriend's .I actually have met 10 Gretchen's and hired a Gretchen or somebody I would meet knew a Gretchen so see the names not so bad .I just hadn't met any in the 80's.Ive learned to love my name and think It'sounds professional.

02/21/2023 22:55:20

My name is Gretchen, and I couldn't be happier with it. I think it describes me perfectly, and any other name just wouldn't work.

02/14/2023 20:10:22

I find that children can't say "Gretchen" very well. i've been called "Bridget," "Getchem," "Gr- Gr-.. um.. what's your name again❤️" and many more. However, whenever I introduce myself, many people remark on how lovely the name is. -Gretchen, Boston, MA

02/01/2023 06:50:16

My name is Gretchen Engel. Yes, I am part German. i've always loved having a unique name. People don't always spell it correctly or hear it properly the first time I tell them. i've been called Rachel and Bridgit, and once met a German Shepard named "Grechen" (without the T). i've only met two other (human) Gretche's in my life, one in middle school and a colleague's wife. I get lots of compliments on my name, and i've never had anybody outright tell me it was ugly, although I got teased a bit as a child (my brother always called me "Gretch the wretch - haha). No matter what name you have, children will find a way to make fun of it.

01/17/2023 11:13:56

My name is Gretchen and I have always liked my name. Even as a child I liked it because it was not common. I have met 4 other Gretchen's in my 34 years. I have only had one person say it was a horrible name. It was an older gentleman who couldn't hear very well! I took that with a grain of salt.

01/16/2023 04:57:42

My name is Gretchen Felder and i love it, i feel that It'sounds like some kind of movie star hehe

12/12/2022 23:32:32

My name is Gretchen & I am 32 years old. I have met only 2 Gretche's in my life so far. I struggled w/ the name when I was younger not liking it & having a "normal" name or getting anything as a kid with my name on it. Whenever goin out/or ordering food people rarely spell it right. When people forget my name they ALWAYS say RACHEL.. I think they remember the CHH sound. My friends call my Gerty, Gretch, Gretchie or AGretchen.

12/10/2022 12:45:52

We named our daughter Hadleigh Noelle. I found the name early in my pregnancy but no name appealed to me then. Several months later I re-opened the book & fell in love with the name. She was born the day after Christmas so Noelle was perfect. Everyone loves her name. Well, except for my father. I think he has come to accept it.

10/29/2022 22:07:48

Well, we named our daughter this. The only problem is, we don't pronounce it "My-ah". We pronounce it "May",(as in the month)-"ah". Love this name though,anyway youn pronounce it.:)

10/12/2022 09:16:52

I am 39 and Gretchen is my name. I love the name, not a lot of people have it and I usually don't have to leave my last name for friends because it Isn't common. Gretchen Wilson rocks too!

09/13/2022 07:35:20

My name is Gretchen and I am 43. I now love the name but hated it growing up. I often get Rachel or Bridget by mistake. I have a sister named Rachel so I always thought that was why but now that I read other comments I see that is very common. Must be the " ch" sound in the name. The german pronunciation is very pretty but the North American version is a bit harsh sounding.

07/19/2022 03:39:54

you can't even call it a name, It's A WORD. only word name i like though.

07/14/2022 11:07:12

I am 51 and I love my name and always have! I like that it unique but not so unique they have not heard it! To all you little girls with the name embrace and love it!!

06/24/2022 00:40:48

I dont like the name gretchen very much because it and i agree it isnt feminine. mabye if it was greta or something.

05/16/2022 03:22:48

Love the name!! This is what we are naming our baby if It's a girl!

05/03/2022 11:36:00

My name is Gretchen and I always hated it and now, I'm just resigned to it. I was the only girl among brothe's who teased me mercilessly about it, which didn't help. When my family relocated to another'state when I was a teen, I took advantage of the opportunity to tell people to call me Meg - which I felt better represented my rich Scots-Irish heritage. After'several years of being asked "how do you get Meg from Gretchen, I just gave up, plain and simple. I planned to change my name as an adult, but my mother threw a fit every time I brought it up. My problem with it is purely the English pronunciation. The German and Dutch pronunciations are LOVELY. i've only ever had one person mishear my name as Bridget, and it was over the phone. However, it was much more unusual when I was born in 1970. There are a lot more Gretche's now. I have been called Gretch,, GretchWretch, Gretch the Wretch, Gertrood, and Retchin Gretchen. However, when I was going by Meg throughout my teens, I was called Mag, Mug, Murgatroyd, Magpie, among othe's. Someone will always find a way to shred your name! But I really dislike the way English-speakers pronounce it. The only time I liked it was when I visited my parents when'they lived in Germany for a time - my name'sounded almost musical when spoken by Germans. I'm glad other Gretche's like their name, or have grown to like it. i've just grown resigned to it, after all these many years (and there are still a lot of people who call me Meg).

04/01/2022 01:51:00

I absolutely love my name Gretchen! I rarely run into people with my name.

02/10/2022 18:45:18

My name is Gretchen and I am 32 years old. My name added to the teasing I received growing up. I used to hear a lot "I had a dog named Gretchen." The name is okay, but I used to wish I had a more girly name. The name fits me well as an adult though. People call me by my full name, but at work some people refer to me as "G" or "G-ned" (part of last name). i've only met a couple of Gretchen's in my travels. It's nice to know when someone is really calling your name.


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*️⃣ What is the origin of the name Gretchen?
The origin of the name Gretchen is German.
*️⃣ What is meaning of name Gretchen?
a pearl.
*️⃣ How many people are named Gretchen?
Almost 54000 people are named Gretchen.
*️⃣ Which names are related to the name Gretchen?
The names of Hailey, Hallie, Holly, Haley, Hayley