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 Germany today it is not as popular, and as a given name it is used much less than it once was. 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"