What does Benita mean?
Benita /beni-ta/ [3 sylls.] as a girls' name is pronounced be-NEE-ta. It is of Spanish and Latin origin, and the meaning of Benita is "blessed". Feminine variant of Benedict; variant of Benedicta. Soprano Benita Valente; writer Benita Eisler.
How popular is Benita?
Benita is a very prominent first name for women (#774 out of 4276, Top 18%) but an unusual last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Benita for girls. Benita entered the list in 1900-1909 and reached its highest position of #501 in the U.S. during 1960-1969, but is not in the Top 1000 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Dixie (#809 in 2014), Nita and Bennie are the popular variation forms of Benita appearing in the Top 1000. These girl names were at the height of their popularity during the years 1930-1939 (usage of 0.555%) and have become significantly less widespread since (usage 0.0478%, down 91.4%), with the forms Benita, Bennie, Nita and Dixie becoming less fashionable. Displayed below is an analysis of the usage of Benita and associated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Benita▼ is alike in pronunciation to Bonita▼. Other suggested similar baby names are Belita, Bernita, Denita, Jenita, Lenita, Nenita, Renita▼ and Venita. These names tend to be less frequently used than Benita.