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Gender: Female Meaning of Greta: "pearl" Origin of Greta: German, diminutive of Margarethe Greta's Popularity in 2017: #632

The name Greta is a girl's name of German origin meaning "pearl". Greta is ranked #632 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Hipster British Baby Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".

From the experts:

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. Dr. Greta Guttman was a character on Mad Men, Greta Van Susteren is a familiar face on TV, and Greta Gerwig is an up-and-coming young actress and director.

Greta returned to the Top 1000 in 1999, and hasn’t been this popular since the 1970s. 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 (born Greta Lovisa Gustafsson), Swedish actress
Greta Morgan Salpeter, American pianist and singer of The Hush Sound and Gold Motel
Greta Celeste Gerwig, American actress
Greta Van Susteren, American TV journalist and commentator
Greta Scacchi, Italian-Australian actress
Greta Gynt (born Margrethe Woxholt), Norwegian singer, dancer and actress
Greta Andersen, Danish Olympic swimmer
Margarethe "Greta" Schröder, German actress
Gréta Arn, Hungarian tennis player
Greta Caruso, daughter of actor David Caruso
Greta Burrell, daughter of actor Ty Burrell
Greta Lilia Bean (b. 2018), daughter of actors Lyndsy Fonseca and Noah Bean

Pop Culture References for the name Greta

Georgiana Evelina "Greta" O'Donnell, main character in movie "According to Greta"
Great Aunt Greta, character in the Horrid Henry series
Greta, character in movie "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2"
Greta, human character in video game "Spyro the Dragon"
Greta Grimly, character on TV's "Fargo"
"Greta," song by Stevie Nicks
Greta Van Fleet, American rock band

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

Greta's International Variations

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