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What does Anita mean?

Anita Pronunciation of 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.


Anita has 12 variants: Aneeta, Aneta, Anitia, Anitra, Annida, Annita, Annitra, Annitta, Laanita, Lanita, Nenita and Nita.

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:
Anita Taytum (A.T.), ..

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)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Anita name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Anita outside U.S.

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.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Anita, Ana, Anette, Ania, Anika in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Anissa, Anitra, Ann, Anna, Anne in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Annetta, Annice, Annie, Annis, Annita in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Anona, Anya, Asya, Lanita, Nina in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nita, Onie in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Aine, Anika, Anna, Annie, Nina outside U.S.

Similar Names

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.

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