Gretchen originated as a German diminutive of Margareta, the German and Nordic form of Margaret meaning “pearl” which comes from Ancient Greek margarítēs (pearl) which either derives from Sanskrit manyari or perhaps from an Iranian source.
- Greta (German, Italian, Lithuanian, Swedish, English)
- Grete (German, Danish, Norwegian)
- Meta (German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish)
- Gretel (German)
- Gretta (English)