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Gender: female
Pronunciation: GREHT-chen
Meaning: pearl
Related Names: Gracen, Graciana, Gratiana, Greta, Gretchyn, Gretel, Katchen, Margaret, Margareta, Margarete, Margaretha, Margarethe, Margarita, Margherita, Margit, Margitta, Margot, Margret, Margrete, Marguerite

Length: 8 Gender: {{#if female

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Rank in 2000s: 772


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Name: gretchen Origin: Greek,,, English,, Meaning (no case): pearl




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ORIGIN AND HISTORY

The name Gretchen was originally used as a pet form of the German name Margaret(h)e, created by combining “Gret” plus the suffix “chen” (meaning “little” or “small”). The German Gretchen is comparable to Maggie, the English nickname for Margaret. In English speaking countries, the name Gretchen has become popular as a standalone name. [1]

POPULARITY

According to the Social Security Administration, the name Gretchen has ranked in the top 1000 names for girls for the past 100 years. From 1938 – 1940 and again from 1961 – 1981, Gretchen ranked in the top 300 names for girls. [1]

  • 2006: Rank = 771
  • 2005: Rank = 762
  • 2004: Rank = 885
  • 2003: Rank = 780
  • 2002: Rank = 812
  • 2001: Rank = 764
  • 2000: Rank = 742
  • 1999: Rank = 743
  • 1998: Rank = 746
  • 1997: Rank = 752
  • 1996: Rank = 721
  • 1995: Rank = 726
  • 1990: Rank = 626
  • 1980: Rank = 271
  • 1970: Rank = 251
  • 1960: Rank = 307
  • 1950: Rank = 332
  • 1940: Rank = 290
  • 1930: Rank = 499
  • 1920: Rank = 626
  • 1910: Rank = 403
  • 1900: Rank = 452

FACTS

  • According to the Pedigree dog food site for puppy care, Gretchen is a popular puppy name. [1]
  • The Scrabble score for Gretchen is 14 points.[1]

NAMESAKES

  • Gretchen – fictional character; one of Jim and Holly’s children in the novel Cujo by Stephen King
  • Gretchen Tillbury – fictional character; family abuse counselor at WomanCare in the novel Insomnia by Stephen King
  • Gretchen Kraus – character on the television sitcom Benson
  • Gretchen Witter – character on the television show Dawson’s Creek
  • Gretchen – character in the film RV

FAMOUS PERSONS

  • Gretchen Fraser (1919-1994) – American athlete and 1948 Olympic gold medal winner for alpine skiing on the giant slalom
  • Gretchen Carlson (b. 1966) – former Miss American (1989) and U.S. television personality
  • Gretchen Mol (b. 1972) – American actress
  • Gretchen Wilson (b. 1973) – Grammy Award-winning country music singer/songwriter
  • Gretchen Magers (b. 1964) – American tennis player


NOTES


OTHER GRETCHEN'S

Gretchen Smith, Gretchen Johnson, Gretchen Williams, Gretchen Jones, Gretchen Brown, Gretchen Davis, Gretchen Miller, Gretchen Wilson, Gretchen Moore, Gretchen Taylor, Gretchen Aaberg, Gretchen Aagaard-shively, Gretchen Aarbo, Gretchen Aaron, Gretchen Abate, Gretchen Abbott, Gretchen Abdullah, Gretchen Abegglen, Gretchen Abel, Gretchen Abeling, Gretchen Abell, Gretchen Abels, Gretchen Abendschan, Gretchen Abene, Gretchen Abenroth, Gretchen Abercrombie, Gretchen Abernathey, Gretchen Abernathy, Gretchen Ablondi, Gretchen Abner, Gretchen Abney, Gretchen Abrahamsen, Gretchen Abramo, Gretchen Abrams, Gretchen Abravanel, Gretchen Abruzzo, Gretchen Abshier, Gretchen Abshire, Gretchen Acevedo, Gretchen Achberger, Gretchen Achee, Gretchen Achenbach, Gretchen Achilles, Gretchen Achkar, Gretchen Achuff, Gretchen Acker, Gretchen Ackerley, Gretchen Ackerman, Gretchen Ackland, Gretchen Ackling, More results

Author: Samantha Bell

Facts about GretchenRDF feed
Gender female  +
Length 8  +
Meaning pearl  +
Meaningnc pearl  +
Name gretchen  +
Origin Greek  +, and English  +
Popularity 3  +
Pronunciation GREHT-chen  +
Rank in 2000s 772  +
Related Gracen  +, Graciana  +, Gratiana  +, Greta  +, Gretchyn  +, Gretel  +, Katchen  +, Margaret  +, Margareta  +, Margarete  +, Margaretha  +, Margarethe  +, Margarita  +, Margherita  +, Margit  +, Margitta  +, Margot  +, Margret  +, Margrete  +, and Marguerite  +
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