What does Rita mean?
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.
(female) Rayta, Rila, ..
(male) Ridy, Ritas, ..
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)
Shown below is the birth name statistics of Rita for girls. Rita reached its top rank of #49 in the U.S. during the years 1920-1929, and is currently at #1382. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Shown below is a comparison of the usage of Rita and affiliated names. Margaret (#169 the previous year), Greta (#594), Margarita (#1628), Reta, Meta and Reita are the popular variation forms of Rita (#1382 the previous year) 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.
Rita▼ is alike in pronunciation to Retta▼, Rheta, Rhetta and Ruta. Other recommended 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.