What does Bonita mean?
Bonita /boni-ta/ [3 sylls.] as a girls' name is pronounced boh-NEE-tah. It is of Spanish origin, and the meaning of Bonita is "pretty".
Coined in America in the 1940s. Also possibly the feminine equivalent of the male name Bonitus (Latin) "good", which was borne by an Italian saint of the sixth century and a Provenšal saint of the seventh. Bonnie is the pet form.
How popular is Bonita?
Bonita is a very popular first name for women (#509 out of 4276, Top 12%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#70906 out of 150436, Top 47%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Bonita for girls. Bonita entered the list in 1900-1909 and reached its peak position of #218 in the U.S. in the 1940s, but is not listed currently. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Bonnie (#866 last year), Nita and Bonny are the popular related forms of Bonita. These girl names reached the height of their popularity during 1940-1949 (usage of 0.6168%) and are now significantly less popular (usage 0.0335%, ▼94.6%), with the forms Bonita, Bonny, Nita and Bonnie becoming less stylish. Below is a charted analysis of the usage of Bonita and affiliated names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)