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.
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 #48 in the U.S. during the years 1920-1929, but is not listed currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Shown below is a comparison of the usage of Rita and affiliated names. Margaret (#169 the previous year), Greta (#594), Reta, Margarita and Meta are the popular variation forms of Rita ranked in the Top 1000. Other forms, like Maiga, are uncommon. These relations of Rita were at the height of their popularity during 1900-1909 (usage of 0.65%) and are now much less common (usage 0.21%, ▼68%), with forms such as Rita falling out of style.
Thinking of names?
Rita▼ is alike in pronunciation to Retta▼, Rheta, Rhetta and Ruta. Other recommended similar baby 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.