German, diminutive of Margarethe

Gretchen Origin and Meaning

The name Gretchen is a girl's name of German origin meaning "pearl".

Like Greta, Gretchen is a German Margaret diminutive that has become an American quasi-classic, though not much used today, having dropped off the list in 2009. She was at her high point in the 1970s, making it into the top 200.

Gretchen appears in Goethe's Faust, and has been seen more recently on Heroes and Breaking Bad. The name is currently enjoying a dash of modern glamour via actress Gretchen Mol.

# 996 in the US

Gretchen Rank in US Top 1000

# 1015 on Nameberry

Gretchen Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Gretchen Popularity

Famous People Named Gretchen

  • Gretchen MolAmerican actress
  • Gretchen Craft RubinAmerican author and attorney
  • Gretchen Frances WilsonAmerican country singer
  • Gretchen Elizabeth CarlsonMiss America 1989
  • Gretchen Christine RossiAmerican reality TV personality of "Real Housewives of Orange County"
  • Gretchen Inga GeraghtyAmerican YouTuber
  • Gretchen BarrettoFilipina actress
  • Gretchen EgolfAmerican actress
  • Gretchenstage name of Maria Odete Brito de Miranda, Brazilian celebrity
  • Gretchen Esther WhitmerAmerican politician from Michigan

Gretchen in Pop Culture

  • Gretchen Weinerscharacter in the movie "Mean Girls"
  • Gretchenminor character in "Phineas and Ferb"
  • Gretchen Priscilla Grundlerone of the main characters on animated series "Recess"
  • Greedy Gretchencharacter on TV's "Three's Company"
  • Gretchencharacter in book series "The Popularity Papers"
  • Gretchen RossJena Malone's character in "Donnie Darko"
  • Gretchen Louise Morgancharacter in "Prison Break"
  • Gretchen Bergfrom the TV show "Heroes"
  • Gretchena side character in cartoon "Bob's Burgers"
  • Gretchenminor character on "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"
  • Gretchen WitterPacey's sister on "Dawson's Creek"
  • Gretchen Cutlermain character on "You're the Worst"
  • Gretchencharacter in Faust: The First Part of the Tragedy
  • Gretchencharacter on TV's Weeds
  • Gretchen Cutlera character from You're the Worst
  • Gretchen Schwartzcharacter on TV's Breaking Bad
  • Gretchencharacter in the animated series “Invader Zim”
  • Gretchen Mannkussercharacter from Malcolm in the Middle
  • Gretchencharacter on animated series Camp Lazlo
  • Gretchen Grietchelsoncharacter from Camp Lakebottom
  • Gretchen Grimlockcharacter in online game Poptropica.
  • Kriemhild Gretchenthe witch form of Madoka Kaname, a character in manga/anime Puella Magi Madoka Magica
  • Gretchen Bodinskicharacter on TV's Suits
  • Gretchena character in George Tabori's farce stage,adoptation of Hitler's Mein Kampf