Gretchen is a female given name of German origin, though it became common in many other countries such as the United States. It is a pet form of Greta and Grete, which in turn are pet forms of the name Margaret. Its popularity increased due to a major character in Goethe's Faust having this name. In German speaking countries it has never been a given name, and as a pet form it is almost out of use today. However, in the United States the name "Gretchen" remains very popular and nostalgic.

People with the given name "Gretchen"

Fictional characters with the name "Gretchen"