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Anyone Know any history about the name Gretchen?

I have been looking at various sites and so far found that it is a German name, but used mostly in English speaking areas. It is a form of Margaret. Was a character name in Faust around the late 1700's or early 1800's.
What I can't find out is the actual time line for the use of this name, when it came about etc...
My main question is would it have been in use in the 1600's? Not even just in America, but in any other country?
Does anyone know of a documented person in history with this name? 1600's or earlier? Preferably before 1668.


Asked by AnonNdrag at 9:10 AM on Mar. 5, 2013 in Entertainment

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  • my little sister's name

    anonNdrag, are you pregnant and shopping for names?
    i can start this rumor for you
    oops, guess i just did

    Answer by fiatpax at 9:30 AM on Mar. 5, 2013

  • It means pearl

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 9:20 AM on Mar. 5, 2013

  • A friend of mine who had that name told me it meant "little pearl." I love the name because that friend was dear to me, and she died suddenly at age 36 when a blood clot came loose and went to her heart after she broke her leg.

    Answer by Ballad at 12:19 PM on Mar. 5, 2013


    GENDER: Feminine

    USAGE: German, English

    PRONOUNCED: GRET-khen (German), GRECH-ən (English) [key]

    Meaning & History

    German diminutive of MARGARETA

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    VARIANTS: Greta, Grete, Meta (German)

    DIMINUTIVE: Gretel (German)

    OTHER LANGUAGES: Grete, Grethe, Merete, Meta, Mette, Rita (Danish), Greet, Greetje, Griet (Dutch), Reeta, Reetta (Finnish), Margot, Margaux (French), Gréta, Rita (Hungarian), Rita (Italian), Greet (Limburgish), Paaie (Manx), Meggy (Medieval English), Grete, Grethe, Meta, Mette, Rita (Norwegian), Marzena (Polish), Rita (Portuguese), Maisie, Mysie, Peigi (Scottish), Rita (Spanish), Greta, Märta, Meta, Rita (Swedish), Mared (Welsh)

    So yes well before

    Answer by Dardenella at 12:23 PM on Mar. 5, 2013

  • anonNdrag, are you pregnant and shopping for names?
    i can start this rumor for you
    oops, guess i just did

    Answer by fiatpax 4 hours a

    Nope not preggers lol
    Just starting a story for my creative writing group.
    It's about a girl that was tried for witchcraft and I thought Gretchen was a wonderful name for her, I just wanted to make sure that someone in that time in history would use that name.

    Comment by AnonNdrag (original poster) at 1:52 PM on Mar. 5, 2013