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Rita (F)>

Rita (female)

Diminutive for:Margarita (F) Margherita (F)
Pet Name for:Henrietta (F) Maria (F)
Source(s): The Oxford Names Companion, OUP
"Scottish Forenames" - Donald Whyte, FGH, FSG
Personal communications [TL3 and SGH]

1. English and Scandinavian, originally from the diminutive of Margarita Spanish and Margherita Italian variants of Margaret. Now popular as a given name both in England and in the US.

2. Also known to be used as a pet name for Henrietta and possibly for other names ending -rita or similar.

3. One of a large number of Dutch and Flemish pet names for Maria [q.v.], derived from the Hebrew name Miriam/Mariamne. Now occasionally a given name in its own right.