Spanish, Hindi
"pearl; truth, order"

Rita Origin and Meaning

The name Rita is a girl's name of Hindi origin meaning "pearl; truth, order".

One of the glamour girl names of the Rita Hayworth 1940s, Rita was once a Top 50 name and stayed on the SSA list until 2002.

The name Rita still has enough Latin zip to be a lively, revivable short form of Margarita. Other namesakes include Puerto Rican actress/singer Rita Moreno (born Rosa), poet Rita Dove and novelist Rita Mae Brown. Rita Skeeter is a Harry Potter character.

In Indian religion and philosophy, Rita is the cosmic order mentioned in the Vedas.

# 919 in the US

Rita Rank in US Top 1000

# 811 on Nameberry

Rita Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Rita Popularity

Famous People Named Rita

  • Saint Rita of CasciaAugustinian nun
  • Rita of ArmeniaEmpress consort of Michael IX Palaiologos of the Byzantine Empire
  • Rita Hayworth (born Margarita Carmen Cansino)American actress
  • Rita Dolores Moreno (born Rosa Dolores Alverío)Puerto Rican,American actress and singer
  • Rita RudnerAmerican comedienne
  • Rita Sahatçiu OraBritish/Kosovare singer,songwriter
  • Rita Antoinette Rizzo aka Mother AngelicaAmerican founder of the EWTN TV network
  • Rita Joanne SimonsEnglish actress
  • Rita TushinghamEnglish actress
  • Rita Volk (born Margarita Volkovinskaya)Uzbek,American actress
  • Rita Wilson (born Margarita Ibrahimoff)American actress; wife of actor Tom Hanks
  • Rita LeeBrazilian lead singer of rock band Os Mutantes
  • Rita Frances DoveAmerican poet
  • Rita Mae BrownAmerican novelist and activist
  • Rita LeviMontalcini, Italian neurobiologist; winner of the Nobel Prize for Medicine
  • Alpharita Constantia "Rita" MarleyCuban,Jamaican singer; widow of singer Bob Marley
  • Rita MacNeilCanadian country music singer
  • Rita CoolidgeAmerican singer,songwriter

Rita in Pop Culture

  • Rita Skeetercharacter from the "Harry Potter" series
  • Rita Rose Vrataskicharacter in movie "Edge of Tomorrow"
  • Ritacharacter in the Divergent series
  • Rita Bennettcharacter on TV's "Dexter"
  • RitaSaluki dog in Disney's "Oliver & Company"
  • Rita Tannercharacter on British soap "Coronation Street"
  • Rita Morrischaracter on British TV series "Single Father"
  • Rita Masoncharacter in "Does My Head Look Big in This?" by Randa Abdel,Fattah
  • Rita Nelsoncharacter in video game "The Sims 3" Moonlight Bay
  • Rita Ortizmain character in "The Second Time We Met" by Leila Cobo
  • Rita Barbercharacter on TV's "American Gothic"
  • Rita Georgecharacter in the "St Clare" book series by Enid Blyton
  • Ritasinging cat in animated series "Animaniacs," partner of Runt
  • Susan "Rita" Whitecharacter in film "Educating Rita"
  • Ritacharacter in 2002 film "Cypher"
  • Ritaroller coaster at Alton Towers
  • Ritared fox in Danish animated series "Jungledyret Hugo"
  • Rita Mordiocharacter in video game "Tales of Vesperia"
  • Rita Repulsamain villain on TV's "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers"
  • Rita Stapletoncharacter on American soap "The Guiding Light"
  • Rita Louise Watsonmain character in Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit
  • Rita Loudcharacter from the Nickelodeon show "The Loud House"
  • Rita Santoscharacter on TV's "Mako Mermaids"
  • "Lovely Rita" song by The Beatles
  • Hurricane Rita
  • Ritacharacter on "The Penumbra Podcast"