Gender: Female Meaning of Rita: "pearl" Origin of Rita: Diminutive of Margarita

Rita Origin and Meaning

The name Rita is a girl's name of Hindi origin meaning "pearl".

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. It 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.

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Famous People Named Rita

Pop Culture References for the name Rita

Rheeta, Ritta, Riet, Reeta, Reita, Rieta

Rita's International Variations

Rheta, Reta, Rhita (German) Rida (Portuguese)


QueenieGuldbaek Says:


Makes me think of the roller coaster at Alton Towers!

snowsbeloved Says:


Maybe because of Rita's Italian Ice?

paulapuddephatt Says:


Attractive, short vintage name, which could become more popular again

dancinberry Says:


The name of my beautiful grandmother. I absolutely love this name but for some strange reason it reminds me of lemon ice pops. Haha

namesrahobby Says:


I love the namesake of Rita from Sister Act 2!

Liberty_Bell Says:


I think this is really cute and can see it working on a child today.

Netta5187 Says:


I like the name Rita because of the Rita Moreno and Rita Hayworth!

LostMargaret Says:


I love Rita. So vivid, so crisp. Sure, there's Rita Skeeter, but there's also Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt's indomitable angel-of-the-battlefield character from Edge of Tomorrow) and Rita Hayworth.

TheHumanCanvas Says:


So crushing on this name right now!

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


Yeah, that character was not nice at all.

thythy Says:


I don't like it because of Rita Skeeter, from Harry Potter.