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Gender: F Meaning of Gretchen: "pearl" Origin of Gretchen: German, diminutive of Margarethe

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.

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Famous People Named Gretchen

Gretchen Rubin, American author and attorney
Gretchen Frances Wilson, American country singer
Gretchen Carlson, Miss America 1989
Gretchen Rossi, "Real Housewives of Orange County"
Gretchen Inga Geraghty, American youtube star

Pop Culture References for the name Gretchen

Gretchen Weiners, character in the movie "Mean Girls"
Gretchen, minor character in "Phineas and Ferb"
Gretchen Priscilla Grundler, one of the main characters in the cartoon series "Recess"
"Greedy Gretchen" on TV's "Three's Company"
Gretchen, character in book series "The Popularity Papers"
Gretchen Ross, Jena Malone's character in "Donnie Darko"
Gretchen Schwartz, character from Breaking Bad
Gretchen Louise Morgan, character in "Prison Break"
Gretchen Berg, from the TV show "Heroes"
Gretchen, a side secondary character in cartoon "Bob's Burgers"
Gretchen, minor character on "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"
Gretchen Witter, Pacey's sister on "Dawson's Creek"
Gretchen Cutler, main character on "You're the Worst"

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