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What does Rita mean?

Rita Pronunciation of Rita as a girls' name is pronounced REE-tah. It is of Spanish and Greek origin, and the meaning of Rita is "pearl". Short form of Margarita, from Margaret. Use in Hindi is from Sanskrit, meaning "right". First used as an independent name a few hundred years ago. The Italian Saint Rita (15th century) has roses for her emblem. Actresses Rita Hayworth, Rita Moreno; authors Rita Mae Brown, Rita Dove.


ASSOCIATED WITH greek, saint, roses (flower), brown


VARIANTS Reeta, Reita, Rheeta, Rida, Riet, Rieta, Ritta

SEE ALSO Alvarita, Reta




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How popular is Rita?

Rita is a very popular first name for women (#104 out of 4276, Top 2%) and also a very popular last name for both adults and children (#20219 out of 150436, Top 13%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Rita reached its top rank of #49 in the U.S. during the years 1920-1929, and is currently at #1185. (2016 BIRTH STATISTICS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Margaret (#139 THE PREVIOUS YEAR), Greta (#632), Margarita (#1620), Meta, Reita and Reta are the popular variation forms of Rita (#1185) ranked in the Top 2000. Other forms, like Maiga, are uncommon. These relations of Rita were at the height of their popularity during 1890-1899 (USAGE OF 4.5%) and are now much less common (USAGE 0.2%, 96%), with forms such as Rita going out of style. Greta is the most fashionable girl name among these.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Rita, Greta, Margaret, Margarita, Meta in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Reita, Reta in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Greta, Margaret outside U.S.

Similar Names

Rita is alike in pronunciation to Retta, Rheta, Rhetta and Ruta. Other recommended sound-alike names are Amita, Anita, Asta, Beta, Birta, Bitta, Brita, Chita, Dita, Etta, Evita, Gita, Gitta, Irita, Ita, Leta, Lita, Mata, Minta, Mirta, Nata, Neta, Nita, Onita, Peta, Raisa, Raiza, Rama, Raya, Reba, Reda, Reida, Reina, Renita, Retha, Reya, Reza, Rhea, Rhia, Rhica, Ria, Rian, Riana, Rica, Rie, Rieca, Rieka, Rika, Rilla, Rima, Rina, Riqua, Risa, Rise, Ritsa, Riva, Rivi, Roda, Roma, Rona, Rora, Rosa, Rosita, Ruth, Tita, Uta, Veta, Vita, Zeta, Zita and Zyta. These names tend to be less frequently used than Rita.

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