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

The name Rita is a girl's name of Hindi origin meaning "pearl". Rita and is often added to lists like Unique Vintage Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Adding Then Eliminating -- Girls Themed".

From the experts:

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

Saint Rita of Cascia, Augustinian nun
Rita of Armenia, Empress 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 Rudner, American comedienne
Rita Sahatçiu Ora, British/Kosovare singer-songwriter
Rita Antoinette Rizzo aka Mother Angelica, American founder of the EWTN TV network
Rita Joanne Simons, English actress
Rita Tushingham, English actress
Rita Volk (born Margarita Volkovinskaya), Uzbek-American actress
Rita Wilson (born Margarita Ibrahimoff), American actress; wife of actor Tom Hanks
Rita Lee, Brazilian lead singer of rock band Os Mutantes
Rita Frances Dove, American poet
Rita Mae Brown, American novelist and activist
Rita Levi-Montalcini, Italian neurobiologist; winner of the Nobel Prize
Alpharita Constantia "Rita" Marley, Cuban-Jamaican singer; widow of singer Bob Marley
Rita MacNeil, Canadian country music singer
Rita Coolidge, American singer-songwriter

Pop Culture References for the name Rita

Rita, character played by Emily Blunt in "Edge of Tomorrow"
Rita, singing cat in animated series "Animaniacs," partner of Runt
Rita Skeeter, character from the "Harry Potter" series
Rita, character in the Divergent series
Rita Bennett, character on TV's "Dexter"
Rita Tanner, character on British soap "Coronation Street"
Rita Morris, character on British TV series "Single Father"
Rita Mason, character in "Does My Head Look Big in This?" by Randa Abdel-Fattah
Rita Nelson, character in video game "The Sims 3" Moonlight Bay
Rita Ortiz, main character in "The Second Time We Met" by Leila Cobo
Rita Barber, character on TV's "American Gothic"
Rita Rose Vrataski, character in movie "Edge of Tomorrow"
Rita George, character in the "St Clare" book series by Enid Blyton
Susan "Rita" White, character in film "Educating Rita"
Rita, character in 2002 film "Cypher"
Rita, red fox in Danish animated series "Jungledyret Hugo"
Rita Mordio, character in video game "Tales of Vesperia"
Rita Repulsa, main villain on TV's "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers"
Rita Stapleton, character on American soap "The Guiding Light"
Rita, Saluki dog in Disney's "Oliver & Company"
"Lovely Rita," song by The Beatles
Hurricane Rita
Rita Louise Watson, main character in Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit
Rita Loud, character from the Nickelodeon show "The Loud House"
Rita Santos, character on TV's "Mako Mermaids"

Rheeta, Ritta, Riet, Reeta, Reita, Rieta

Rita's International Variations

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


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.