Meaning and Origin of: Rita

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Greek, Persian, Hebrew, Irish, Latin : Child of light; pearl; jewel
  • Greek : Pearl; precious

Last name origin & meaning:

  • Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Catalan : from the female personal name Rita, a reduced form of Margharita ‘Margaret’, chosen in particular in honor of a 15th-century Italian saint who bore the name in this form.

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