[ 2 syll. ri-ta, rit-a ] The baby girl name Rita is pronounced RIY-Tah (English) or RIY-Taa (German) †. Rita has its origins in the Old Greek language. It is used largely in the English, German, Italian, Polish, and Spanish languages. Rita is a contraction (English, German, Italian, Polish, and Spanish) of the Italian Margherita and a contraction of the English and Scottish Margaret.
Rita is rare as a baby girl name. At the modest peak of its usage in 1930, 0.469% of baby girls were given the name Rita. It had a ranking of #42 then. The baby name has suffered a substantial decline in frequency since then, and is currently used only on a very light scale. In 2015, out of the family of girl names directly linked to Rita, Margaret was the most commonly used.
† Pronunciation for Rita: R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; T as in "tee (T.IY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)"
A famous person named Rita is Rita Dove, Poet, born 28 August 1952, Akron, Ohio.