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Gender Female
Language(s) German and cuban
Region of origin United States, Germany
Other names
Variant form(s) Greta, Grete, Margaret
Derived A major character in Goethe's Faust and Phinias and Ferb

Gretchen (German pronunciation: [ˈɡʀeːtçən]; English pronunciation: /ˈɡrɛən/) is a female given name of German origin that is mainly prevalent in the United States.

Its popularity increased due to a major character in Goethe's Faust (around the year 1800) having this name.

In German speaking countries Gretchen is not a usual given name, and as a pet form it is almost out of use today, esp. because in the past century the name Margarete or its short form Grete has fallen out of fashion and is very rarely given to newborns.[1]

However, mainly in the United States the name Gretchen remains very popular and nostalgic.

Also, the name Gretchen has a relation to the use of the word Grete such as Grethel, which is now more popular than the name Gretchen, but the name Grethel is used with different spellings like Gretel or Grethel.


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