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Rita Name Popularity

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Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 201 284 0.0807%
1911 178 359 0.0964%
1912 166 583 0.1156%
1913 119 1,053 0.1857%
1914 88 1,984 0.2847%
1915 71 3,048 0.3355%
1916 67 3,461 0.3583%
1917 63 3,849 0.3847%
1918 58 4,429 0.4127%
1919 54 4,509 0.4306%
1920 52 4,973 0.4473%
1921 48 5,156 0.4503%
1922 52 4,966 0.4457%
1923 50 5,081 0.4536%
1924 49 5,374 0.4628%
1925 48 5,314 0.4701%
1926 50 5,003 0.4549%
1927 54 5,079 0.4588%
1928 57 4,793 0.448%
1929 52 4,753 0.4589%
1930 42 5,460 0.5227%
1931 48 4,607 0.4668%
1932 52 4,251 0.4303%
1933 53 3,831 0.4112%
1934 63 3,678 0.3805%
1935 63 3,570 0.3674%
1936 69 3,327 0.3454%
1937 69 3,415 0.3466%
1938 74 3,345 0.3267%
1939 78 3,181 0.3127%
1940 70 3,431 0.3228%
1941 63 3,876 0.3444%
1942 55 4,701 0.3723%
1943 52 5,004 0.3833%
1944 55 4,523 0.3649%
1945 59 4,268 0.35%
1946 56 5,529 0.3747%
1947 60 5,975 0.3579%
1948 58 5,835 0.3655%
1949 54 6,652 0.4135%
1950 56 6,424 0.399%
1951 61 6,413 0.3782%
1952 66 6,145 0.352%
1953 64 6,274 0.3545%
1954 67 6,538 0.3577%
1955 72 6,090 0.3311%
1956 79 6,049 0.3203%
1957 78 6,016 0.3126%
1958 88 5,335 0.2823%
1959 98 4,950 0.2605%
1960 96 5,029 0.2654%
1961 105 4,523 0.2396%
1962 110 4,099 0.2233%
1963 115 3,793 0.2113%
1964 123 3,453 0.1962%
1965 126 3,052 0.1866%
1966 135 2,674 0.1713%
1967 146 2,359 0.1554%
1968 160 2,049 0.1365%
1969 182 1,705 0.1107%
1970 203 1,561 0.0981%
1971 216 1,385 0.0922%
1972 228 1,178 0.0865%
1973 245 1,001 0.0772%
1974 255 961 0.0739%
1975 274 845 0.0658%
1976 270 823 0.0639%
1977 295 768 0.057%
1978 264 859 0.0639%
1979 278 846 0.06%
1980 297 806 0.0551%
1981 283 831 0.0565%
1982 340 668 0.0447%
1983 369 568 0.0385%
1984 377 567 0.0381%
1985 392 537 0.0354%
1986 406 507 0.0336%
1987 443 457 0.0299%
1988 487 426 0.0273%
1989 547 372 0.0231%
1990 555 378 0.0228%
1991 566 369 0.0226%
1992 593 344 0.0216%
1993 649 295 0.0189%
1994 674 263 0.0171%
1995 708 246 0.0163%
1996 699 261 0.0174%
1997 843 194 0.0131%
1998 857 195 0.013%
1999 906 183 0.0122%
2000 925 183 0.012%
2001 863 214 0.0142%
2002 918 193 0.0129%
2003 1,089 148 0.0097%
2004 1,084 157 0.0103%
2005 1,136 152 0.0099%
2006 1,138 156 0.01%
2007 1,171 155 0.0098%
2008 1,281 128 0.0083%
2009 1,325 116 0.0078%
2010 1,233 128 0.0089%
2011 1,311 108 0.0076%
2012 1,255 117 0.0082%
2013 1,198 128 0.009%
2014 1,230 121 0.0083%
2015 1,165 138 0.0095%
2016 1,057 167 0.0116%
2017 1,102 144 0.0103%
2018 1,171 117 0.0085%
2019 1,232 108 0.008%
2020 1,262 125 0.0098%
2021 1,512 80 0.0065%
2022 1,215 146 0.0111%

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  1. New historical evidence related to the name Rita, from the Anglo-saxon/English GoddessRheda/Hretha” = Rita.
    And also, the Spain/Iberian/celtic Goddess “Reva“.
    Which is missed from your website, as well as most others, at this time.
    You could be the first with this update! Exciting!

    I will share with you the origins of the name Rita in England, as a source for the name in the English Language, not just Spain, or India, or Greece, though some are related, yet not in how online “name websites” have shared their relationship.
    Its very interesting!
    I will also show Rita’s deeper roots in the Indo-European language, and in fact Spain, not Greece.

    You may want to consider editing this into your name website, for it’s interesting new twist. Please feel free to verify.

    I was looking up my Mother’s name, Rita, and us being English, or Anglo-Saxon, my mother’s name popped up when I was reading up on pre-Christian English God History, and the Goddess Rheda, also spelled Hretha, appeared.
    (I am an armature Historian, and have studied history in College as well)

    Rheda was the Goddess of Victory, and Glory, and related in attributes to the Goddess Athena in most respects. (Phonetically similar as well)
    (Source: The Christian monk known as the Venerable Bede“)

    The name Rita shows up with roots in Sanskrit, where it means “brave” or “honest”, which your website mentions, yet does it does not give much credit to. Rita, as it turns out, is a massive part of Indian source religion. Who knew!
    New evidence shows that Sanskrit can further back than 12,000 years, and connects many religions in the world to an ancient source well of knowledge.

    Rita in Spain: Is the Goddess “Reva”. (Phonetically similar)
    Your site mentions that it shows up as a suggested Spanish derivative of the actually Greek “Margarita“, as a shortened name to Rita.
    However, in comparison, for example in the English Language, Rita is a stand alone name, and would have come from the deep ancient tradition from the Anglo-Saxon Goddess Rheda, in Spain Reva.

    Sadly, knowledge of, and origin of practice of using Rita, would have been stamped out of memory, or forgotten in lineage, by the Catholic Church, where they most likely told everyone it was from “Margarita”, from the Greek origin, to create confusion, and “Correction” to turn to Christianity instead, and then the Spanish church created a “St Rita” for people to swap worship for, to erase this Goddess’s common knowledge of existence there as well. This was common practice of Chistian monks in history, to turn local Deities into “Saints”, to swap worship, and later generations would forget completely. Which is why this is shrouded in mystery.

    In England the Christian Church did this with the Goddess Bridget, and created a St. Bridget, where it’s Goddess origins were lost due to Christianization of the name. Yet it also still lives on today as an English Name.
    Of course all monks and priests would have been fluent in Greek, and it would be considered it the “Master language” to them, and all other Languages fell to it, which is incorrect, it is in fact, the Indo-European connection in this matter.

    Keep in mind, that Margarita is Greek, and Margaret is Persian. Neither of those countries have a direct cultural history to either Spain, or England in pre-Christianization, not even in the Greek language, as that would be the language of the Church elite, and not the people. And the Christianizing church in Spain and England was written in Latin. Also, there is no “Margarita” in the Bible teachings, so that’s an unlikely connection as well. There was never direct trade, or occupation by either of these countries in antiquity to explain the name connection, especially when the source of Rheda and Reva are discovered as pre-Christian Goddesses and name tradition, and the name Victoria, still being used today, in place of Rita.

    I have found the equivalent Spanish or “Iberian-Celtic” Goddess in fact, with a short search, and her name is “Reva”, which is also phonetically close to Rita, of course, and her Goddess attributes are also Similar to Rheda, with similarities to the Sanskrit story of Rita.

    “Reva – Mother Goddess of life and death as protects men and is the protector of all worlds. Female equivalent to Reve” (Reva masculine God of men).
    Source: article “Celtiberian Gods, Goddesses, Creatures, & Beings”

    You can also see that Reva, is almost identical in explanation in the Indian “Rita”, which I share below. “Life and death”, is always celebrated as the death of Winter, and the birth of spring, exactly the same as Rheda.

    Luckily, historians have created websites like the above so we can begin to knit together our true history, which sadly the spread of Christianity wiped out. Much of the English Pantheon of Gods are related to the Norse, and Germanic, which relates to some Greek and Roman equivalents, which were written about by some of them in antiquity, so we can piece together some of it, yet its the Indian connection that seals the deal.

    Spelling: So, clearly we can see that the Goddess Rheda/Hretha, Reva, is phonetically identical to the modern spelling of “Rita”, and spelling as we know was not set in stone until the middle ages, and even then words were spelled differently depending on the pen writing it down. Mostly, words and even names were spelled phonetically over centuries. My last name is recorded by my own ancestors as Coo and Coe, depending on what document you’re looking at, even from father to son. It was some time later that standardization, and rules were laid down for the English Language, and other European languages as well.

    INDIA: Sanskrit:
    Rita also has roots in Sanskrit, where it means “brave” or “honest.”
    It also has much broader meaning, from the base of Indian Religion, and ties into the stories of Rheda and Reva.

    “Rita, in Indian religion and philosophy, the cosmic order mentioned in the Vedas, the ancient sacred scriptures of India. As Hinduism developed from the ancient Vedic religion, the concept of rita led to the doctrines of dharma (duty) and karma (accumulated effects of good and bad actions).
    Rita is the physical order of the universe, the order of the sacrifice, and the morallaw of the world. Because of rita, the sun and moon pursue their daily journeys across the sky, and the seasons proceed in regular movement. Vedic religion features the belief that rita was guarded by Varuna, the god-sovereign, who was assisted by Mitra, the god of honour, and that the proper performance of sacrifices to the gods was necessary to guarantee its continuance. Violation (anrita) of the established order by incorrect or improper behaviour, even if unintentional, constituted sin and required careful expiation.”
    (Sounds a bit like Catholicism there in the end too! Sin and punishment!)

    Your website states that the origin of the name is from Spain, which is most likely incorrect due to these findings, and mixed up with Greek Margarita, popularized much later in Christianization.

    As this name is a part of the Pan-European/Asian languages, or Indo-European (as its known to historians).
    We find many similar religious practices from Celtic times and names, that directly corelate with India and across Europe.

    So, the origin of the name, would be India, or more correctly Indo-European, those who went North and West in ancient antiquity, brought it with them in language, custom, and history.

    In the English language, it is from the Goddess Rheda, practiced as a name in the societies for centuries up to today, without knowing its true origin. Today, the name “Victoria” is Rita’s replacement, as this comes from the Roman God of Victory, Victoria, same attributes as the Goddess Athena in Greece.
    If the British only knew today, that Victoria, is actually Rita! We would rewrite some Queens names and history there!
    Yet there is still the modern practice of naming our children Victoria, just as we did with Rita in former times.

    ENGLISH Source:
    “The Christian monk known as the Venerable Bede also mentioned two further goddesses in his written works: Eostre, who was celebrated at a spring festival, and Hretha, whose name meant “glory”.”

    As you can see from the Sanskrit story above, Rita is about “The seasons proceed in regular movement”, as in Winter being overcome by Summer, and this is Rita, who gives way to Eostre, or Easter, and Summer. Rita, conquers the cosmos, and brings peace, she is Brave, and Honest, and has victory over the winter. The Vedic story also talks of Sacrifice at this time, and we all know that Jesus was the “Sacrificial Lamb” at this time, but it was taken from ancient human stories. It was taken from Rita, and Rheda. ?
    The story of Rita is a long, and meaningful one, and stretches back into the most ancient wisdoms of human history! How wonderful!

    Clearly we can see the threads here, Rita, Rheda/Hretha, Reva, Athena, and Rita again.

    Read more here:
    “On my reconstructed Anglo-Saxon Calendar, today is the beginning of Hre?mona?(the ? letter is called thorn, and pronounced as ‘th’ in thin). Bede tells us that it roughly corresponds to March, and the month is named after the goddess Hretha (Hr??e in Old English, where the ? letter is called eth and is pronounced as the ‘th’ in that), because the Anglo-Saxons made offerings to her in this month. (Hretha is Latinised as Rheda, and you’ll sometimes seen her referred to as such.)”
    And now, later language has evolved it to “Rita”, as language evolves and changes over time, yet now no longer lost.

    Thanks so much for taking the time to read my offering, and I hope you take it to heart, and please have it varified, as I see that you do this on your website.
    All this is from verifiable sources, it is merely connecting the dots, and the answer is quite clear.

    Thanks again, and I hope you enjoyed this letter that I have put together for you.

  2. I used to hate my name growing up but learned to love it! ??

  3. I wish my first daughter I will call her Rita this is because of a woman that i saw and read her story
    Who is St Rita of cassior from Italia that st is bressed i love her Name

  4. is a saint name

  5. I wanted something classic, but not old-fashioned sounding, that was easy to spell and pronounce in Spanish, English, and Kriol. It was also a family name, but that wasn’t an important criteria to us from the outset.

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