Rita: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Rita

Rita

Pronunciation: REE-tə (key)

Origin of the name Rita:

A short form of the Spanish Margarita (pear) or the Italian Margherita (pearl), Rita is commonly bestowed as an independent given name.

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Personal experiences with the name Rita: | Edit

My mother's favorite auntie was named Rita. She was incredibly beautiful, talented, and loving. My middle name, Louise, was her middle name and I am proud to have that in common with her. One of my daughters' middle names will be Rita.

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Famous real-life people named Rita: | Edit

Rita Coolidge, singer
Rita Cosby, journalist
Rita Dove, an American poet
Rita Hayworth, actress
Rita Mae Brown, author
Rita Marley, singer, widow of Bob Marley
Rita Moreno, actress and singer
Rita Tushingham, actress
Rita Wilson, actress and producer
Rita Levi-Montalcini, Italian neurologist and winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
Rita Ora, singer

Rita in song, story & screen: | Edit

"Lovely Rita" song by the Beatles
Rita Skeeter - Daily Prophet reporter in the Harry Potter series.
"Educating Rita" - Movie and Stage Play
"Following Rita" - Song by Train

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