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Gender: Female Meaning of Anita: "grace; unguided" Origin of Anita: Spanish diminutive of Ana; Sanskrit

The name Anita is a girl's name of Spanish origin meaning "grace; unguided". Anita and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Grace and discussed in our forums with posts like "What would be the perfect twin?".

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Once a Top 100 name, this Spanish diminutive of Ana still retains some of her Latin flair. A notable namesake is noted attorney Anita Hill, another is the great jazz singer Anita O'Day. Plus there's Disney cred via the lead human character in 101 Dalmatians.

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Famous People Named Anita

Anita Faye Hill, American attorney and academic, and legitimate accuser in the Clarence Thomas sexual harassment case
Anita Denise Baker, American singer-songwriter
(Kerstin) Anita Marianne Ekberg, Swedish actress
Anita O'Day (born Anita Belle Colton), American jazz singer
(Corinne) Anita Loos, American playwright and novelist
Ana Maria de Jesus "Anita" Ribeiro di Garibaldi, Brazilian revolutionary
Anita Jane Bryant, American singer and anti-gay activist
Anita Pallenberg, Italian actress, model and fashion designer
Anita "Anna" Sergeyevna Tsoy, Russian singer-songwriter
Anita Mazumdar Desai, Indian novelist
Anita Mui (Yim-fong), Hong Kong singer and actress
Anita Yuen (Wing-yi), actress and Miss Hong Kong 1990
(Nadia) Anita Louise Nall, American Olympic swimmer
Anita Jean Kerr, American singer
Anitta (born Larissa de Macedo Machado), Brazilian singer
Anita Leocadia Prestes, Historian daughter of Brazilian revolutionary Luis Carlos Prestes and German revolutionary Olga Benario
Anita Lucia Roddick, British businesswoman and activist, and founder of The Body Shop

Pop Culture References for the name Anita

Anita Dearly, character in book/movie "101 Dalmatians"
Anita Blake, main character in Laurell K. Hamilton's "Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter" book series
Anita Boyard, character in the movie "Gang in Blue"
Anita "Needy" Lesnicki, character in the movie "Jennifer's Body"
Anita Roy, character on British soap "Hollyoaks"
"Anita," composition by the first Brazilian female composer, Francisca Edwiges "Chiquinha" Gonzaga
Santa Anita Park, a thoroughbred racetrack in Arcadia, California

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mill1020 Says:


This is the name of my four year-old son's best friend.

Maria94 Says:


Lovely name

PoppyOrangey Says:


I understand that, but it doesn't always roll off the tongue that way. Were I live and in my family we just naturally pronounced it, "a need a".

Catastroffy Says:


The T and the D are very different sounds.

PoppyOrangey Says:


I had a great aunt Anita, but we always called her Nita. I think it's cute and has great family heritage, but it will forever sound like "I need a" or "need a" to me...

DearestJules Says:


It's not a terrible name, but guys, haven't you heard the "Anita Bath" jokes before?

AnonymousPerson Says:


I love this name.