Meaning and name origin
Anita \a-ni-ta\ as a girl's 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.
For more information, see also the related girl name Ann.
Anita is a very popular first name for females (#136 out of 4276, Top 3%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Anita for girls (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Anita and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Ana (#222), Anne (#553), Ann (#945), Nita, Anitra and Anita. (2014 statistics).
Anita is also pronounced similarly to Anetta, Onita, Unita, Unity, Wanita and Yonita. Other suggested similar baby names are Alita, Amata, Amit, Amita, Amity, Anat, Anath, Anda, Anet, Anett, Ania, Anica, Anika, Anima, Anina, Anisa, Aniya, Annda, Antia and Arnita. These names tend to be less commonly used than Anita.