Meaning and Name Origin
Rita \r(i)-ta\ as a girls' 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 women (#104 out of 4276, Top 2%) and also a very popular last name for both adults and children (#16027 out of 88799, Top 18%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the birth name popularity 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 popularity of the girl name Rita and affiliated names. Popular variation forms of Rita ranked in the Top 1000 are Margaret (#169 the previous year), Megan (#308), Greta (#594), Reta, Meta, Meg, Maisy and Margarita. These girl names were at the height of their popularity during the years 1900-1909 and are now much less popular, with the forms Rita, Reta, Meta, Margarita and Greta falling out of style. Megan (#308) is the most fashionable girl name among these. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Rita▼ is alike in pronunciation to Retta▼, Rheta and Ruta. Other recommended 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 frequently used than Rita.