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Gender: female
Pronunciation: REE-tah
Meaning: pearl
Related Names: Margaret, Margarita, Reeta, Reita, Rheeta, Rida, Riet, Rieta, Ritta

Length: 4 Gender: {{#if female



Rank in 2000s: 0 0

Name: rita Origin: Greek,,, Spanish,,, Italian,,, Sanskrit,, Meaning (no case): pearl



The name Rita originates as a shortened version of the Spanish “Margarita” meaning or the Italian “Margherita” meaning “pearl,” which are derivations of the Greek “Margarethe.” However, Rita has gained traction as a given name in its own right. In Hindi, Rita means “right” or “proper” from the Sanskrit.

In the 15th century, Saint Rita was an Augustinian saint who was associated with roses and bees. She is the patron saint of sickness, wounds, marital problems, mothers, and lost and impossible causes.


According to the 1990 United States Census [1], Rita ranked as the 104th most popular female first name and the 16,027th most popular last name. In the United States, the name ranked in the Top 1,000 most popular girls' names every decade since 1880.

According to the Social Security Administration [1], in the 21st century, the name ranked in the Top 1,000 most popular girls' names each year from 2000 (883rd) through 2002 (924th), but not since.

United States Popularity of the girl's name Rita in the 21st Century:

  • Year: 2002 Rank:924th
  • Year: 2001 Rank:848th
  • Year: 2000 Rank:883rd


  • “Rita” was the name of a category five hurricane during the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season.
  • The Catholic Church, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden celebrate days in honor of the name Rita or people who bear the name Rita.
  • “Rita” is the name of a genus of catfish.


  • “Rita Skeeter” is a fictional journalist in the “Harry Potter” Universe, portrayed by Miranda Richardson in the movies.
  • “Rita Stapleton Bauer,” played by Lenore Kasdorf, was a character on the television soap opera “Guiding Light.”
  • “Rita Repulsa” was an evil witch in the kid’s television show “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” who was portrayed by multiple people.
  • “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption” is the title of a 1982 novella by Stephen King, which was later adapted into the film The Shawshank Redemption in 1994.
  • “Rita” is the eponymous title of the 2005 album of portuguese singer Rita Guerra.


  • Rita Levi-Montalcini – Won the Nobel Prize for medicine in 1986.
  • Rita Moreno (aka Rosita Moreno) – Film and television actress who won an Academy Award (Oscar) for “Best Actress in a Supporting Role” for her work in 1961 movie West Side Story.
  • Rita Horky – Former professional women’s basketball player who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000.
  • Rita Hayworth – Movie actress who has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.



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Author: Rich Kachold

Facts about RitaRDF feed
Gender female  +
Length 4  +
Meaning pearl  +
Meaningnc pearl  +
Name rita  +
Origin Greek  +, Spanish  +, Italian  +, and Sanskrit  +
Popularity 0  +
Pronunciation REE-tah  +
Rank in 2000s 0  +
Related Margaret  +, Margarita  +, Reeta  +, Reita  +, Rheeta  +, Rida  +, Riet  +, Rieta  +, and Ritta  +
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