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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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.