What does Anita mean?
Anita [ani-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.
39 more different relations 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▼.Creative forms:
(female) Aita, Anitai, ..
(male) Anidey, Aniva, .. Middle name pairings:
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How popular is Anita?
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)
Anita reached its peak rank of #89 in the U.S. during the years 1960-1969, and is presently at #1520. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related girl names. Anna (#44 in 2015), Ana (#211), Nina (#300), Annie (#323), Anya (#555), Anne (#569), Anika (#580), Ann (#893), Asya, Anona, Lanita, Onie, Nita, Annita, Annetta, Ania, Anette, Anissa, Anitra, Annice, Aine and Annis are the prominent alternative forms of Anita (#1520 in 2015). Other forms, like Aniko, are uncommon. These relations of Anita were favored as baby names a century ago (adoption of 10.2%) and have become significantly less popular since (adoption 0.7%, ▼93%), with versions such as Anna falling out of fashion. Anika is the most chic baby name here.
Anita▼ is pronounced similarly to Anetta, Inetta, Juanita▼, Onita, Unita, Unitey, Unity, Wahnita, Waneta, Wanita and Yonita. Other recommended names are Adiba, Adila, Adiva, Agata, Agneta, Agota, Aila, Alita, Alitia, Allta, Alta▼, Amata, Amia▲, Amika, Amisa, Amit, Amita, Amity, Amrita, Anaca, Anahita, Anat, Anath, Anaya▲, Anda, Angila, Aniceta, Anicka, Anima, Anina, Aninna, Anis, Anisa, Anise, Aniya, Aniyah▲, Annda, Annica, Annika, Anora, Antia, Arica, Arina, Arnita, Asta, Aviva, Ayisa, Azia, Benita▼, Brita, Donita, Edita, Janita, Junita, Lita, Ranita, Reita, Renita, Rita▼, Sunita, Vanita, Vita, Zanita and Zita. These names tend to be less frequently used than Anita.See names in meaning and etymology.