Rita name meaning

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Origin and Meaning of Rita

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User Submitted Meanings

  1. According to 8 people from all over the world, the name Rita is of Spanish origin and means "Pearl".
  2. A submission from Australia says the name Rita means "little pearl".
  3. A submission from Virginia, U.S. says the name Rita means "Pearl or speaker" and is of Greek origin.
  4. According to a user from Kenya, the name Rita is of African origin and means "Kenyan Luo name meaning 'Protect Me'. Given to either male or female child to invoke the wish of the parents on God's protection".
  5. A user from the United Kingdom says the name Rita means "This name means oh my goodness in Latin".
  6. According to a user from Iraq, the name Rita is of Kurdish origin and means "Your way".
  7. According to a user from Ghana, the name Rita means "This comes from the Arabic word 'reith' which describes a rainy cloud".
  8. A submission from Zambia says the name Rita means "Light" and is of African origin.
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A shortening of Italian Margherita, and Spanish Margarita, cognates of English Margaret. An Italian Saint Rita was canonized in 1900. The English name came into regular use in early twentieth century.

  1. A female given name from Italian.

Rita was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Estonian, Faroese, German, Hungarian, Italian, Latvian, Norwegian, Spanish, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Rita

Notable Persons Named Rita

Rita Ora

Rita Ora is a musician. She was most active from 2007 to present. Rita was given the name Rita Sahatçiu on November 26th, 1990 in Pristina.

Rita Hayworth

Rita Hayworth was an actress and dancer. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1931 to 1972. Rita was given the name Margarita Carmen Cansino by her parents Eduardo Cansino, Sr., and Volga Hayworth on October 17th, 1918 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. She breathed her last breath on May 14th, 1987.

Rita Wilson

Rita Wilson is an actress, producer, singer, and film producer. She has been prominent since 1972. Rita was given the name Margarita Ibrahimoff on October 26th, 1956 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Rita Moreno

Rita Moreno is an actor, singing, dance, actress, singer, and dancer. Her ongoing career started in 1950. Rita was given the name Rosa Dolores Alverío on December 11th, 1931 in Humacao, Puerto Rico, U.S.

Rita Coolidge

Rita Coolidge is a pop music, adult contemporary music, country music, indigenous music of north america, and soft rock musician. She plays Piano and Vocals. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1969 to present. Rita was born Rita Coolidge on May 1st, 1945.

Rita Marley

Rita Marley is a reggae musician. She has had major accomplishments since 1966. Rita was given the name Alpharita Constantia Anderson on July 25th, 1946 in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Rita

Notable Persons With the Last Name Rita


Purnima is an actress and model. Her ongoing career started in 1997. Purnima was given the name Dilar Hanif Rita in Chittagong.


Rita is a rock music, soul music, pop music, and folk music singer, actress, and actor. She plays Vocals. She has been prominent since 1986. Rita was given the name Rita Yahan Farouz on March 24th, 1962.

Maria Rita

Maria Rita is a música popular brasileira, jazz, and samba musician. She plays Vocal music. Her career lasted from 2001 to 2001. Maria was given the name Maria Rita Camargo Mariano on September 9th, 1977 in São Paulo.

Ang Rita

Ang Rita is a mountaineer.

Rita Ackermann

Rita Ackermann is a in the field of painting. Rita was given the name Bakos Rita in 1968 in Budapest.

Rotten Rita

He left this life in 1991.


Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Rita U.S.
  White 59.54% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 10.78% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 6.40% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 20.01% 16.26%

Of Last Name Rita

People with the last name Rita are most frequently White, Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander, or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Rita

  • What name lists does Rita rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Rita? Rita is the 262nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Rita was the 17,385th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Rita have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 284,190 babies born with the first name Rita in the United States. That's more than enough people named Rita to occupy the territory of French Polynesia (France) with an estimated population of 277,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Rita? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 19 new born babies.
  • When was Rita first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Rita is Wednesday, May 22nd, 1867.
  • What year had the most people named Rita born? The highest recorded use of the first name Rita was in 1949 with a total of 6,652 babies. That's a lot of babies named Rita!
  • Random Rita Factoid: According to the 1948 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Rita ranks 56th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Tennessee. Imagine that, 132 babies in Tennessee have the same name in 1948.
  • Weird things about the name Rita: The name spelled backwards is Atir. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Airt. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Rita? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,624 people with the last name Rita.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Rita? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Rita as their last name since less than 1 person in 182k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
  • Rita name meaning

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