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Originally a short form of Margarita, the Spanish form of Margaret, but now commonly used as an independent given name. Its popularity in the 1940s and 50s was influenced no doubt by the fame of the American film star Rita Hayworth (1918–87).
222nd in the U.S.

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Hundreds of thousands
of people in the U.S have this name
349,800
to be exact
Rhode Island
has the most people named Rita per capita
1930
marked the height of its popularity
100.00%
0.00%
66%
55+
30%
30-54
3%
13-29
1%
0-12

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