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Gender: F Meaning of Greta: "pearl" Origin of Greta: German, diminutive of Margarethe Greta's Popularity in 2013: #595

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Greta is an Old World name long tied to the exotic, iconic Garbo. Along with other Old Hollywood glamour names, Greta seems to be showing slight signs of a comeback; it was chosen by David Caruso and by Phoebe Cates and Kevin Kline for their daughters.

Greta is currently popular in Germany, Hungary, and especially Italy, where she ranks at Number 16. Dr. Greta Guttman is a character on Mad Men, Greta Van Susteren is a familiar face on TV, and Greta Gerwig is an up-and-coming young actress.

Greta returned to the Top 1000 in 1999, after being off for almost twenty years. Her highest point was at Number 318 in 1932, at the peak of Garbo's career, the year she starred in Grand Hotel and one year after she was Oscar-nominated for Anna Christie.

Greta is a sweet spot name--sophisticated with a touch of retro glamour. On the other hand, variant Gretel is still out strewing crumbs in the forest with brother Hansel.

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Famous People Named Greta

Greta Garbo, Swedish actress
Greta Gerwig, American actress
Greta Scacchi, Italian-Australian actress
Greta Salpeter, American musician (member of The Hush Sound)
Greta Van Susteren, American news reporter
Greta Caruso, daughter of actor David Caruso
Greta Burrell, daughter of actor Ty Burrell

Pop Culture References for the Name Greta

Greta-character in Wizard of Oz
Great Aunt Greta-character in Horrid Henry
Greta, from "The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants 2"
Greta, from the movie "According to Greta"
Greta, human character from game "Spyro the Dragon"
Greta Grimly, daughter to Gus in FX's series "Fargo"

Greatal, Greatel, Greet, Greeta, Gretal, Gretchen, Grete, Gretel, Gretha, Grethal, Grethel, Gretna, Grieta, Grytta

Greta's International Variations

Grietje (Dutch) Gretl (Eastern European) Gretta, Grette (German) Ghita (Italian) Grethe (Scandinavian) Gryta (Slavic)