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

The name Gretchen is a girl's name of German origin meaning "pearl". Gretchen and is often added to lists like Unique Vintage Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".

From the experts:

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 Mol, American actress
Gretchen Craft Rubin, American author and attorney
Gretchen Frances Wilson, American country singer
Gretchen Elizabeth Carlson, Miss America 1989
Gretchen Christine Rossi, American reality TV personality of "Real Housewives of Orange County"
Gretchen Inga Geraghty, American YouTuber
Gretchen Barretto, Filipina actress
Gretchen Egolf, American actress
Gretchen, stage name of Maria Odete Brito de Miranda, Brazilian singer and actress
Gretchen Esther Whitmer, American politician from Michigan

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 on animated series "Recess"
Greedy Gretchen, character on TV's "Three's Company"
Gretchen, character in book series "The Popularity Papers"
Gretchen Ross, Jena Malone's character in "Donnie Darko"
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"
Gretchen, character in Faust: The First Part of the Tragedy
Gretchen, character on TV's Weeds
Gretchen Cutler, a character from You're the Worst
Gretchen Schwartz, character on TV's Breaking Bad
Gretchen, character from Invader Zim
Gretchen Mannkusser, character from Malcolm in the Middle
Gretchen, character on animated series Camp Lazlo
Gretchen Grietchelson, character from Camp Lakebottom
Gretchen Grimlock, character in online game Poptropica.
Kriemhild Gretchen, the witch form of Madoka Kaname, a character in manga/anime Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Gretchen Bodinski, character on TV's Suits
Gretchen, a character in George Tabori's farce stage-adoptation of Hitler's Mein Kampf

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