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Rita

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284k
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since 1880
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Rita

"Rita" is a name of Spanish origin, and it means "Pearl". It's a name commonly given to girls.

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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.

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

Notable Persons Named Rita

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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

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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.

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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.

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Ang Rita is a mountaineer.

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

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How popular is the baby name Rita in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 19 19 0
1881 20 20 0
1882 21 21 0
1883 15 15 0
1884 24 24 0
1885 31 31 0
1886 28 28 0
1887 40 40 0
1888 52 52 0
1889 75 75 0
1890 54 54 0
1891 65 65 0
1892 87 87 0
1893 95 95 0
1894 104 104 0
1895 105 105 0
1896 109 109 0
1897 117 117 0
1898 146 146 0
1899 147 147 0
1900 162 162 0
1901 135 135 0
1902 148 148 0
1903 174 174 0
1904 166 166 0
1905 188 188 0
1906 203 203 0
1907 266 266 0
1908 255 255 0
1909 295 295 0
1910 333 333 0
1911 403 403 0
1912 636 636 0
1913 1,101 1,096 5
1914 2,010 2,010 0 #87 girl name
1915 3,071 3,063 8 #71 girl name
1916 3,484 3,477 7 #67 girl name
1917 3,870 3,870 0 #63 girl name
1918 4,458 4,447 11 #58 girl name
1919 4,516 4,516 0 #54 girl name
1920 4,992 4,979 13 #52 girl name
1921 5,168 5,157 11 #48 girl name
1922 4,985 4,977 8 #52 girl name
1923 5,100 5,094 6 #50 girl name
1924 5,395 5,383 12 #49 girl name
1925 5,340 5,324 16 #48 girl name
1926 5,025 5,012 13 #50 girl name
1927 5,103 5,084 19 #54 girl name
1928 4,831 4,809 22 #57 girl name
1929 4,784 4,767 17 #52 girl name
1930 5,488 5,467 21 #42 girl name
1931 4,643 4,613 30 #48 girl name
1932 4,284 4,256 28 #53 girl name
1933 3,859 3,841 18 #53 girl name
1934 3,698 3,683 15 #63 girl name
1935 3,590 3,578 12 #63 girl name
1936 3,354 3,333 21 #69 girl name
1937 3,430 3,418 12 #69 girl name
1938 3,365 3,357 8 #74 girl name
1939 3,204 3,188 16 #78 girl name
1940 3,455 3,441 14 #70 girl name
1941 3,901 3,881 20 #63 girl name
1942 4,720 4,705 15 #55 girl name
1943 5,026 5,011 15 #52 girl name
1944 4,539 4,529 10 #54 girl name
1945 4,292 4,283 9 #59 girl name
1946 5,545 5,532 13 #56 girl name
1947 5,999 5,982 17 #60 girl name
1948 5,845 5,835 10 #59 girl name
1949 6,667 6,651 16 #54 girl name
1950 6,439 6,425 14 #56 girl name
1951 6,427 6,416 11 #61 girl name
1952 6,159 6,147 12 #66 girl name
1953 6,285 6,279 6 #64 girl name
1954 6,555 6,540 15 #67 girl name
1955 6,109 6,092 17 #72 girl name
1956 6,060 6,052 8 #79 girl name
1957 6,031 6,015 16 #78 girl name
1958 5,359 5,339 20 #88 girl name
1959 4,956 4,949 7 #98 girl name
1960 5,044 5,029 15 #96 girl name
1961 4,537 4,527 10
1962 4,118 4,101 17
1963 3,819 3,806 13
1964 3,479 3,468 11
1965 3,070 3,063 7
1966 2,701 2,688 13
1967 2,383 2,374 9
1968 2,085 2,075 10
1969 1,735 1,735 0
1970 1,599 1,588 11
1971 1,430 1,419 11
1972 1,207 1,200 7
1973 1,033 1,033 0
1974 992 992 0
1975 883 883 0
1976 860 860 0
1977 802 802 0
1978 901 892 9
1979 885 880 5
1980 847 838 9
1981 854 854 0
1982 708 708 0
1983 592 592 0
1984 612 605 7
1985 589 589 0
1986 543 543 0
1987 519 519 0
1988 484 484 0
1989 411 411 0
1990 433 433 0
1991 423 423 0
1992 391 391 0
1993 341 341 0
1994 317 317 0
1995 296 296 0
1996 303 303 0
1997 240 240 0
1998 246 246 0
1999 228 228 0
2000 251 251 0
2001 270 270 0
2002 243 243 0
2003 199 199 0
2004 215 215 0
2005 219 219 0
2006 207 207 0
2007 209 209 0
2008 186 186 0
2009 166 166 0
2010 176 176 0
2011 169 169 0
2012 169 169 0
2013 182 182 0
2014 170 170 0
2015 189 189 0
2016 209 209 0

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Popularity of Rita as a first name

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Popularity of Rita as a last name

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Common last names for Rita

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  • White
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  • Anderson
  • Wilson
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  • Kelly
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  • Moore
  • Clark
  • Harris
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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

  • How Popular is the name Rita? Rita is the 256th 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 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 283,604 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 6,651 babies. That's a lot of babies named Rita!
  • Random Rita Factoid: According to the 1926 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Rita ranks 44th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Illinois. Imagine that, 315 babies in Illinois have the same name as you in 1926.
  • Weird things about the name Rita: Your name in reverse order is Atir. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Arit. 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!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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