Meaning and name origin
Rita \r(i)-ta\ as a girl's name is pronounced REE-tah. Short form of Margarita (Spanish), from Margaret (Greek) "pearl". 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.
Rita is a very popular first name for females (#104 out of 4276, Top 2%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#16027 out of 88799, Top 18%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Rita for girls (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Rita and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Margaret (#169), Reta, Margarita and Rita. (2014 statistics).
Rita is also pronounced similarly to Retta, Rheta and Ruta. Other suggested similar baby names are Dita, Gita, Lita, Nita, Reda, Reida, Retha, Ria, Rica, Rika, Rima, Rina, Risa, Ritsa, Riva, Roda, Ruth, Tita, Vita and Zita. These names tend to be less commonly used than Rita.