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.
(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 #1282. (2015 Birth Statistics)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related girl names. Shown below is a study of the ranking of Rita and affiliated names. Margaret (#154 the previous year), Greta (#573), Margarita (#1698), Reta, Meta and Reita are the popular variation forms of Rita (#1282 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.See names in meaning and etymology.