Gretel Name Meaning & Origin
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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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.
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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.
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Gretel Killeen, Australian television personality and author
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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.