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I think that Gretchen is a really cute name.
-- Jordan9922  6/30/2005
Finally, someone makes a comment on a German name. I'm rather fond of German names. I'm also German, so that could explain it. This IS a cute name, especially for a person who's smart!
-- Anonymous User  7/1/2005
It is a cute name. I'm very fond German names too. I'm half German.
-- scorpio93  7/5/2005
I'm primarily German, and Dutch from both sides of my Family. And I'm so glad to see someone made a comment on a German name! It seems to me that German names get excluded.
-- Tbird  7/21/2005
Gretchen is a cute name, though only for a little girl I think. It doesn't really fit adults. I also don't like how English-speakers pronounce it, because it sounds as if they had a hair ball stuck in their throat.
-- Evaria  8/8/2005
This is the name of the smart girl in the cartoon Recess. Personally I don't like this name.
-- doreenrugby  8/10/2005
I honestly think that Gretchen is the perfect name for a little girl or an adult. It means "little pearl" and no matter how big you get you will always be a little pearl for the parents. My name is Gretchen and I am not german but I am very proud of having a German name, even though I am hispanic. It is a very unique name and calls peoples attention. You would be lucky to have this name.
-- grey16  8/24/2005
I'm not German, but my grandmother loved the name Gretchen. So, since she didn't get to name my sister, she named me Gretchen. I have learned to love the uniqueness of it.
-- Gretch85  9/20/2005
I think this name is ugly. It's so harsh sounding, I hope people don't name their children this, it's horrible.
-- Anonymous User  10/10/2005
Just an ugly name!
-- Dogsy  11/21/2005
I love the name Gretchen. I never really liked it much until I read the book 'Hairstyles of the Damned' by Joe Meno, and one of the main characters was named Gretchen. That's a really great book and Gretchen is a really awesome name. It's sort of unusual, which is cool.
-- whackedtollie  11/25/2005
Gretchen is also the name of a character in Goethe's Faust. One of her questions in the piece is famous as "Gretchenfrage". That means crucial question. Still, the name is not common.

I don`t like the name personally, because of the very hard "r" (I'm German, too).
-- tchjotchey  12/29/2005
Gretchen Wilson is a popular musician in the US.
-- Anonymous User  1/11/2006
Gretchen Ross is the name of the character played by Jena Malone in Donnie Darko.
-- hana  2/28/2006
Gretchen Weiner is a character in the movie Mean Girls!
-- lindamaree  3/9/2006
One of my best friend's name is Gretchen. I really like this name! It fits her personality perfect! Funny, smart, and awesome!
-- amber monkey  7/13/2006
Gorgeous nickname. For people who think it ugly - LEARN HOW TO PRONOUNCE IT RIGHT! There is NO "retch" sound in Gretchen.
-- Anonymous User  8/6/2006
I agree with the Anonymous User above. The German pronunciation is nicer.
-- swisssugar  8/7/2006
German pronunciation: GREHT-khen (note: 'kh' is not the exact pronunciation here but it is the closest you can get to the German 'ch') [noted -ed]
This name is not very popular in Germany today. It is still known to people through Goethe's 'Faust' but it is considered old fashioned.
-- JHK  9/3/2006
This is one of my favorite names. I love it!
-- libbygirl  9/30/2006
Listen to the German pronunciation of Gretchen here:
http://www.nordicnames.de/Aussprache.html.
-- _satu_  11/24/2006
I had a history teacher who only used her initial and last name on things. Some of the kids asked what "G" could possibly stand for, and she only revealed it was "Gretchen" when they settled on "Greta." (This was in the U. S.) Personally, I have always thought it a beautiful name. Apparently my mother likes it as well, as she gave it to one of her guinea pigs.
-- listrait  2/14/2007
I hate the English pronunciation, it sounds terrible, but the German one is lovely.
-- Anonymous User  2/23/2007
Name her Margaret and call her Gretchen, or Meg, or Maggie or whatever seems to suit her when she gets older.
-- Anonymous User  2/25/2007
Gretchen is actually a pretty cool name for me. It's very cool and unique, but not rising in popularity like Emma. And, I think a cool nickname for Gretchen is Greta.
-- Anonymous User  7/15/2007
I think this is such an ugly name! It's even worse with the English/American pronunciation GRECH-en. Sounds like retching. I just cannot understand how anyone could like it!
-- BlueSomehow  8/9/2007
One of my favorite names, and should be used more!
-- spaz123  8/11/2007
My sister got this name because the doctor who delivered her talked my parents into it. She said that none of her patients wanted to give their daughters her name. Hmmm. I wonder why? My poor sister deserved a better name! Shame on the doctor and on my parents for listening to her!
-- Anonymous User  10/15/2007
German pronunciation is "grechen".
-- Maggie_Simpson  1/10/2008
I think this a classic, cute, wonderful name. I don't think "wretch" at all. I have taught 2 Gretchens and they were both smart, spunky, happy girls. I think I might use this name for a future little girl. The meaning "little pearl" is a great one too.
-- archangelteacher  1/10/2008
A bit ridiculous as a full name. I do believe most are unaware of how informal it is. Not fit for a human, better for a cat or dog.
-- Anonymous User  1/26/2008
If I ever named my daughter Gretchen I would call her Gretta.
-- Anonymous User  1/29/2008
If you prefer the German pronunciation, why not try Gretken? Gretchen sounds like some kind of ugly machine noise or the classic witch depiction. Just thinking aloud, not insulting people.
-- Mackenzie Rudd  3/25/2008
For German speakers, this name is quite infantile, as it is the diminutive, rather little girl-ey form of Greta. In English, it sounds quite weird, and it does have the ''retch'' to it in many people's pronunciation. It should actually be pronounced with a long 'e' sound in the first syllable.
-- slight night shiver  4/23/2008
Yikes. This name scares me. Every time I think of it, the image of a cat-obsessed old lady pops up. Users beware.
-- IronTears  6/9/2008
This name isn't used as a given name in Germany. It's of German origin but has hardly ever been used in Germany and never as a full name. Gretchen is a nickname for Margarethe (German form of Margaret) and Margaretha. Even the name of the "Faust" character was Margarethe. Gretchen is just her nickname. Read the book and you'll see. In Germany this name is quite outdated. It is difficult to explain how to pronounce it in German but it is way different than you would pronounce it in English. The Gret-part is pronounced "Grayt" (kind of), not "Grett" and the -chen part is pronounced with a sound that English speakers can't make because it doesn't even exist in the English language. I agree this name is kind of cute but it's nickname and you are able to find much nicer German names. The "Faust" character wasn't exactly what I'd call inspiring plus she died in the book.
-- Lily8  8/2/2008
This name is quite harsh sounding, and the word retch makes it even worse.
-- Anonymous User  2/27/2009
I hate this name! It's so ugly, harsh, and old fashioned.
-- kool_babe14  5/15/2009
My mum was going to call me Gretchen (i.e. Gretch-en), and I hated the idea, but now, having seen the German pronunciation I'm warming to it.
-- 910  7/30/2009
I used to hate this name, but over the years it has really grown on me. I love the sound of it and it is very unique in America, but I could never name my child this- the sound is too different for me.
-- artemis16  10/5/2009
That name always reminds me of retched.
-- Liesl  2/11/2010
I've met two grown women with this name, both white and blond. So in my mind this is officially the blondest name besides Brandy. But Gretchen would be the blond name of the 1960's, Brandy the blond name of 1980's.
-- A.R.  2/17/2010
This is my Aunt's name, given to her because my Grandfather is from Germany. They pronounce it "GRETCH-en" though. And her nickname is "Gret". Because she is my favorite aunt (Shh, don't tell the others!) I do like this name but I don't think I would actually use it.
-- Daenerys  7/16/2010
Too bad the English pronunciation isn't very nice, it does sound very lovely if you say it in German.
I don't agree that it sounds like "GRET-khen" though (and certainly not Gretken!). Yes it is difficult to describe the -chen sound because it does not exist in English - but I will try!
The first part sounds kind of like the English word Gray.
The second part as if you said "tee-yen" very quickly. (You know how the English word Queen is made out of the sound kə-ween? You say it just that fast.)
So altogether it sounds kind of like GRAY-teeyen.
Sorry if this was confusing. You might be better off just going to the link that was posted above.
Hope it helped! Please correct me if I am wrong. My mother speaks German and lived in North-West Germany so the accent might be different.
-- Anonymous User  8/3/2010
I don't like this name, it sounds too harsh.
-- Anonymous User  11/19/2010
Very harsh. If you want something old fashioned, try something sweeter, like Estelle or Edith.
-- Dawson  12/31/2010
Whenever anyone asks for my least favorite name, this is the first one that pops up in my mind. I absolutely loathe this name. It sounds absolutely hideous. Gretchen reminds me of a too tall weedy girl with a bad sense of hygiene and horrible acne. Also large 1980s glasses. It's just... all very unpleasant. Gag worthy. I've gone on long enough, but I could actually keep going with how much this name rubs me the wrong way. I do, however, like Greta.
-- Book_Reader22  1/30/2011
Unless used in a German speaking country this name best be left untouched. For English speaking countries (certainly the United States) it bears too much resemblance to the word "Wretch." Of course, another reason would be lead to the fact that it is not very pleasurable to our ears, in terms of pronunciation and overall spoken sound.

If used correct context, I do not see why it could not be acceptable.
-- Francesca  4/27/2011
Gretchen is a wretched name.
-- MyFartsSmellGood  7/1/2011
One of the ugliest names out there. The "Gr" is a bad start, and then there's that "Retch" sound in the middle. It sounds ugly in German, too. It makes me think of either a bitter frizzy-haired brat or a dumb dyed-blond stripper. Say no to this name.
-- Black_X  8/2/2011
I think Gretchen is a name that only a really attractive girl/woman can get away with.
-- Bunko0  8/6/2011
I'm named Gretchen and I am neither blonde nor dumb. I really don't think it's an ugly name. With a name like Gretchen you must carry yourself with confidence because it is a strong name. There is no 'retch' sound either. I pronounce it like 'gret-chin'. People call me 'Gret' or 'Grettie'. I'm German as well.
-- Gretch  4/23/2012
This is the ugliest girls' name of all! It sounds so hideous and disgusting, like the name of a mean old woman. I don't get why some people think Gretchen is so cute - it isn't! Please, something else would be better!
-- Bonquiqui  7/17/2012
Kinda sounds like an old, mean hag. No offence, but you better find a nickname!
-- SEC908  10/29/2012
The name Gretchen was given to 201 baby girls born in the US in 2012.
-- Oohvintage  7/17/2013
I really cant believe how popular this name is! The 'retch' sound is awful, makes me think of throwing up.. Sorry!
-- Bellasmummy  8/18/2013
It's really not a harsh sounding name. I think you just have to fit it. My friend is named Gretchen, and she fits it perfectly. It's very unique and original. I can see why some people picture old ladies and freaky girls when they think of "Gretchen", but if you actually know someone with this name it's different.
-- quevenne  10/26/2013
Gretchen Weiners from Mean Girls!
-- Anonymous User  10/26/2013
Gretchen does sound like the character from the cartoon. But it's also the name of the country singer Gretchen Wilson. But I don't know... It sounds dorky to me.
-- CathyE521  11/19/2013
One of the ugliest names I ever heard.
-- Jason Malcolm  4/19/2014
I f@£! Ing love this name. I will name one of my future daughters Gretchen, It reminds me of Gingerbread Houses, Nursery Rhymes and Fairy Tales. Or blonde girls with milkmaid braids in the swiss alps. I just think it's one of the coolest names in existence, plus it's fairly uncommon.
-- mintjulep666  6/5/2014
I'm pregnant, and this name is at the top of our list for girl names. I love it. My husband's great aunt was named Gretchen, and she was so lovely. I have only known a few Gretchens in my life, but they were all strong, successful, and lovely women. I always thought this is a strong name for a confident girl. Love it! I mean, let's face it, it's MUCH better than a white-trashy name like Rhylee or Braxton.
-- melly2  6/27/2014

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