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%) and a slightly less prominent surname for both adults and children (#129619 out of 150436, Top 86%). (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. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
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. These girl names reached the height of their popularity during 1900-1909 (usage of 0.4534%) and have become significantly less popular since (usage 0.2906%, down 35.9%), with versions such as Ann, Anne, Annis, Anita and Annetta 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. Below is a graphed comparison of the usage of the girl name Anita and corresponding names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
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.