Meaning and Name Origin
Bonita \b(o)-ni-ta\ 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.
Bonita is a very popular first name for women (#509 out of 4276, Top 12%) and a slightly less popular last name for all people (#74780 out of 88799, Top 84%). (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. during the years 1940-1949, but is not listed currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of the girl name Bonita and affiliated names. Popular related forms of Bonita rated in the Top 1000 are Bonnie (#866 last year), Nita and Bonny. These girl names reached the height of their popularity during 1940-1949 and are now significantly less popular, with the forms Bonny, Bonita, Nita and Bonnie becoming less stylish. (2014 Birth Statistics)