What does Anita mean?
Anita \a-ni-ta\ as a girls' name is pronounced a-NEE-tah. It is of Spanish origin. Originally a Spanish pet form of Ana, the Spanish version of Anne. Made famous in the 1950s as the name of the Swedish film actress Anita Ekberg. Actress Anita Pallenberg; writers Anita Loos, Anita Brookner.
Anita▼ has 39 more different forms via Ana, Anne: Aine, Ana▲, Anci, Anet, Anett, Anette, Anh, Ania, Anica, Anika▲, Aniko, Anissa▼, Anka, Anke, Anki, Ann▼, Anna, Annetta▼, Anni, Annice, Annick, Annie▼, Annimae, Annina, Annis▼, Annise, Annora, Annus, Anny, Anona, Anouk, Antje, Anuska, Anya▲, Anyu, Asya, Nina, Oni and Onie▼.
Anita is a very prominent first name for women (#136 out of 4276, Top 3%) but an uncommon surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the birth name popularity of Anita for girls. Anita reached its peak rank of #83 in the U.S. during the years 1960-1969, but is not ranked at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a graphed comparison of the usage of the girl name Anita and corresponding names. Anna (#34 in 2014), Ana (#222), Nina (#295), Annie (#311), Anya (#472), Anika (#519), Anne (#553), Ann (#945), Anissa, Nita, Onie, Annis, Annetta, Anitra and Aine are the prominent alternative forms of Anita ranked in the Top 1000. These girl names reached the height of their popularity during the years 1900-1909 and have become significantly less popular since, with versions such as Ann, Anne, Nita, Annis and Onie falling out of fashion. Anika (#519), Ana (#222) and Anya (#472) are three of the more chic baby names here, with Ana having a rebound in usage. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Anita▼ is pronounced similarly to Anetta, Onita, Unita, Unity, Wanita and Yonita. Other recommended similar baby names are Alita, Amata, Amit, Amita, Amity, Anahita, Anat, Anath, Anda, Anima, Anina, Anisa, Aniya▲, Annda, Antia and Arnita. These names tend to be less frequently used than Anita.