Gretel: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Gretel

Gretel

Pronunciation: GREH-təl (key)

Origin of the name Greta:

A short form of Margarethe (a pearl), Greta is also commonly bestowed as an independent given name.

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Related Names:

Greta, Gretchen, Grete, Margaret

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My twin sister's name is Gretel (middle name Margo), and apart from the odd 'Where's Hansel?' comment (usually addressed to me, even though we are both girls), everyone LOVES her name! It is different but so pretty and delicate. It is also much less common than Greta.

Nicknames for Gretel: | Edit

Grettie, Gretch

Meanings and history of the name Gretel: | Edit

Gretel is an old short form of the German name Margarete, meaning "pearl". It is pronounced GRATE-el in German, but in English is more likely to be pronounced GRET-el.

Famous real-life people named Gretel: | Edit

Gretel Killeen, Australian television personality and author

Gretel in song, story & screen: | Edit

In "Hansel and Gretel", one of Grimm's fairy tales, Gretel frees her brother Hansel from the clutches of a witch.
Gretel is the youngest child of the widowed Captain von Trapp in the film and stage play, "The Sound of Music". In real life, her name was Martina.

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