Gretchen

First Name
53k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Gretchen

"Gretchen" is a name of German origin, and it means "A Pearl". It's a name commonly given to girls.

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  1. A female given name of German origin; a pet form of Margaret.
  2. Heroine of the play Faust by Goethe.

Gretchen was also found in the following language(s): German

Notable Persons Named Gretchen

Gretchen Mol is an actress, former model, and actor. She has been prominent since 1996. Gretchen was born on November 8th, 1972 in Deep River, Connecticut, U.S.

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Loretta Young was an actress and singer. She was most active from 1917 to 2000. Loretta was given the name Gretchen Young on January 6th, 1913 in Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S. She left this life on August 12th, 2000.

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Gretchen Carlson is a host of the real story with gretchen carlson, the real story with gretchen carlson, (fox news channel), and (2006-present). She holds the title Miss Minnesota 1988, Miss America 1989, Miss Minnesota1988, and Miss America1989. Gretchen was given the name Gretchen Elizabeth Carlson on June 21st, 1966 in Anoka, Minnesota, U.S.

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Gretchen Wilson is a country music and country rock singer-songwriter. She plays Acoustic guitar and Vocals. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2004 to 2004. Gretchen was given the name Gretchen Frances Wilson on June 26th, 1973 in Pocahontas, Illinois.

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Gretchen Corbett is an actress. She was most active from 1967 to present. Gretchen was born on August 13th, 1947 in Camp Sherman, Oregon, U.S.

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Gretchen Jones is a fashion design and fashion designer.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1882 10 10 0
1883 7 7 0
1884 6 6 0
1885 5 5 0
1886 11 11 0
1887 16 16 0
1888 18 18 0
1889 22 22 0
1890 29 29 0
1891 34 34 0
1892 24 24 0
1893 32 32 0
1894 24 24 0
1895 35 35 0
1896 40 40 0
1897 26 26 0
1898 39 39 0
1899 37 37 0
1900 55 55 0
1901 41 41 0
1902 30 30 0
1903 39 39 0
1904 44 44 0
1905 42 42 0
1906 55 55 0
1907 47 47 0
1908 60 60 0
1909 66 66 0
1910 95 95 0
1911 80 80 0
1912 134 134 0
1913 158 158 0
1914 196 196 0
1915 288 288 0
1916 296 296 0
1917 246 246 0
1918 176 176 0
1919 128 128 0
1920 131 131 0
1921 144 144 0
1922 150 150 0
1923 149 149 0
1924 123 123 0
1925 144 144 0
1926 143 143 0
1927 142 142 0
1928 177 177 0
1929 152 152 0
1930 178 178 0
1931 198 198 0
1932 233 233 0
1933 240 240 0
1934 288 288 0
1935 301 301 0
1936 303 303 0
1937 349 349 0
1938 484 484 0
1939 420 420 0
1940 471 471 0
1941 440 440 0
1942 464 464 0
1943 448 448 0
1944 490 490 0
1945 493 493 0
1946 567 567 0
1947 570 570 0
1948 640 640 0
1949 608 608 0
1950 545 545 0
1951 618 618 0
1952 583 583 0
1953 578 578 0
1954 563 563 0
1955 575 575 0
1956 567 567 0
1957 571 566 5
1958 687 687 0
1959 821 816 5
1960 934 934 0
1961 1,046 1,046 0
1962 1,002 1,002 0
1963 962 962 0
1964 975 975 0
1965 906 906 0
1966 962 962 0
1967 966 966 0
1968 887 887 0
1969 1,106 1,106 0
1970 1,251 1,246 5
1971 1,347 1,347 0
1972 1,260 1,260 0
1973 1,350 1,350 0
1974 1,286 1,278 8
1975 1,184 1,175 9
1976 1,224 1,224 0
1977 1,045 1,045 0
1978 947 947 0
1979 930 930 0
1980 924 918 6
1981 894 894 0
1982 747 747 0
1983 595 595 0
1984 523 523 0
1985 451 451 0
1986 405 405 0
1987 359 359 0
1988 344 344 0
1989 430 430 0
1990 357 357 0
1991 377 377 0
1992 318 318 0
1993 319 319 0
1994 281 281 0
1995 283 283 0
1996 290 290 0
1997 283 283 0
1998 290 290 0
1999 301 301 0
2000 310 310 0
2001 313 313 0
2002 285 285 0
2003 316 316 0
2004 275 275 0
2005 348 348 0
2006 355 355 0
2007 316 316 0
2008 283 283 0
2009 265 265 0
2010 225 225 0
2011 234 234 0
2012 202 202 0
2013 202 202 0
2014 191 191 0
2015 162 162 0
2016 169 169 0

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Popularity of Gretchen as a first name

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Popularity of Gretchen as a last name

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Common last names for Gretchen

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Jones
  • Miller
  • Anderson
  • Williams
  • Davis
  • White
  • Taylor
  • Peterson
  • Hill
  • Campbell
  • King
  • Nelson

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Gretchen U.S.
  White 87.25% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 4.03% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.03% 16.26%

Of Last Name Gretchen

People with the last name Gretchen are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Gretchen

  • How Popular is the name Gretchen? Gretchen is the 950th most popular name of all time. As a last name Gretchen was the 116,829th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Gretchen have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 53,231 babies born with the first name Gretchen in the United States. That's more than enough people named Gretchen to occupy the territory of Faroe Islands (Denmark) with an estimated population of 48,285 (as of March 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Gretchen? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1882 when it was given as a first name to 10 new born babies.
  • When was Gretchen first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Gretchen is Thursday, June 18th, 1868.
  • What year had the most people named Gretchen born? The highest recorded use of the first name Gretchen was in 1973 with a total of 1,350 babies. That's a lot of babies named Gretchen!
  • Random Gretchen Factoid: According to the 1971 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Gretchen ranks 91st in popularity as a baby girl's name in Vermont. Imagine that, 9 babies in Vermont have the same name as you in 1971.
  • Weird things about the name Gretchen: Your name in reverse order is Nehcterg. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Hncrteeg. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Gretchen? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 149 people with the last name Gretchen.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Gretchen? Gretchen is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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