Greta

First Name
25k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
<100
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Greta

User Submitted Origins

     German
38%
     Celtic
15%
     English
15%
     Swedish
8%
     Italian
8%
     Hebrew
8%
     Persian/Iranian
8%

User Submitted Meanings

  • A submission from Brazil says the name Greta means "Creature of Light." and is of Persian / Iranian origin.
  • According to a user from Florida, United States, the name Greta is of German origin and means "Pearl".
  • A user from says the name Greta is of Celtic origin and means "Truth and loyalty".
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From German and Swedish Greta, a contraction of Margareta.

  1. A female given name.

Greta was also found in the following language(s): Faroese, Norwegian, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Greta

Greta Garbo was an actress. She was most prominent from 1920 to 1941. Greta was given the name Greta Lovisa Gustafsson on September 18th, 1905 in Stockholm. She died on April 15th, 1990.

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Greta Van Susteren is a host of on the record, on the record w/ greta van susteren, and (fox news channel). She has had major accomplishments since 1991. Greta was born on June 11th, 1954 in Appleton, Wisconsin.

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Greta Gerwig is an actress, playwright, director, and screenwriter. She was most active from 2006 to present. Greta was given the name Greta Celeste Gerwig on August 4th, 1983 in Sacramento, California, United States.

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Frankie Cosmos is an indie rock, indie pop, indie folk, and lo-fi music musician. She has been prominent since 2009. Frankie was given the name Greta Simone Kline on March 21st, 1994 in New York City, New York, U.S. Frankie is also known as Ingrid Superstar, Kline, and Greta Simone.

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Greta Scacchi is an actor. Greta was given the name Greta Gracco on February 18th, 1960 in Milan, Italy.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Greta

Andrew was born in 1969.

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How popular is the baby name Greta in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1885 6 6 0
1886 5 5 0
1887 8 8 0
1888 9 9 0
1889 16 16 0
1890 14 14 0
1891 8 8 0
1892 15 15 0
1893 13 13 0
1894 21 21 0
1895 20 20 0
1896 20 20 0
1897 23 23 0
1898 33 33 0
1899 23 23 0
1900 32 32 0
1901 20 20 0
1902 25 25 0
1903 19 19 0
1904 21 21 0
1905 38 38 0
1906 32 32 0
1907 26 26 0
1908 33 33 0
1909 25 25 0
1910 28 28 0
1911 39 39 0
1912 72 72 0
1913 52 52 0
1914 83 83 0
1915 103 103 0
1916 111 111 0
1917 94 94 0
1918 84 84 0
1919 75 75 0
1920 62 62 0
1921 60 60 0
1922 61 61 0
1923 71 71 0
1924 76 76 0
1925 67 67 0
1926 107 107 0
1927 146 146 0
1928 235 235 0
1929 283 283 0
1930 345 345 0
1931 383 383 0
1932 401 401 0
1933 337 337 0
1934 324 319 5
1935 271 271 0
1936 235 235 0
1937 217 217 0
1938 212 212 0
1939 159 159 0
1940 149 149 0
1941 127 127 0
1942 135 135 0
1943 140 140 0
1944 95 95 0
1945 94 94 0
1946 108 108 0
1947 138 138 0
1948 158 158 0
1949 122 122 0
1950 143 143 0
1951 194 194 0
1952 178 178 0
1953 191 191 0
1954 194 194 0
1955 236 236 0
1956 255 255 0
1957 276 276 0
1958 295 295 0
1959 347 347 0
1960 322 322 0
1961 361 361 0
1962 274 274 0
1963 287 287 0
1964 226 226 0
1965 255 255 0
1966 433 433 0
1967 534 534 0
1968 421 421 0
1969 348 348 0
1970 345 345 0
1971 304 304 0
1972 223 223 0
1973 231 231 0
1974 231 231 0
1975 194 194 0
1976 178 178 0
1977 147 147 0
1978 153 153 0
1979 205 205 0
1980 199 199 0
1981 210 210 0
1982 167 167 0
1983 132 132 0
1984 137 137 0
1985 111 111 0
1986 114 114 0
1987 116 116 0
1988 116 116 0
1989 113 113 0
1990 106 106 0
1991 110 110 0
1992 119 119 0
1993 108 108 0
1994 115 115 0
1995 132 132 0
1996 159 159 0
1997 161 161 0
1998 182 182 0
1999 253 253 0
2000 301 301 0
2001 279 279 0
2002 319 319 0
2003 376 376 0
2004 379 379 0
2005 405 405 0
2006 411 411 0
2007 434 434 0
2008 434 434 0
2009 417 417 0
2010 431 431 0
2011 410 410 0
2012 444 444 0
2013 478 478 0
2014 494 494 0
2015 533 533 0
2016 473 473 0
2017 463 463 0
* Years where the name was given to 5 or fewer babies will show zero to respect privacy.

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International Interest for Greta

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Popularity in the US

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Popularity of Greta as a first name

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Popularity of Greta as a last name

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Common last names for Greta

  • Johnson
  • Smith
  • Anderson
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • Williams
  • Carlson
  • Jones
  • Martin
  • Thompson
  • Robinson
  • Peterson

Fun Facts about the name Greta

  • How Popular is the name Greta? Greta is the 1,517th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Greta have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 24,886 babies born with the first name Greta in the United States. That's more than enough people named Greta to occupy the territory of British Virgin Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 24,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Greta? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1885 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Greta first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Greta is Monday, March 6th, 1871.
  • What year had the most people named Greta born? The highest recorded use of the first name Greta was in 1967 with a total of 534 babies.
  • Random Greta Factoid: According to the 2007 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Greta ranks 92nd in popularity as a baby girl's name in North Dakota. Imagine that, 10 babies in North Dakota have the same name as you in 2007.
  • Weird things about the name Greta: Your name in reverse order is Aterg. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Gtrea. How do you pronounce that?

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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