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What does Rita mean?

Rita /ri-ta/ 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


Rita has 7 variants: Reeta, Reita, Rheeta, Rida, Riet, Rieta and Ritta.

Affiliated girl names: Alvarita and Reta.

Rita has 4 more different relations via Margaret, Margarita: Greta, Maiga, Meta and Meyta.

Kreatif forms:
(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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

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)

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

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

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.

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 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.