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Anita Meaning and Origin

Anita is a girl’s name of Italian, Spanish and Portuguese origin, meaning “grace.” It is derived from the name Ana, which itself comes from the Hebrew name Hannah. The name Hannah means “grace” or “favor,” making Anita also carry similar connotations. The name Anita has its roots in various cultures. In Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese-speaking regions, it became popular as a diminutive form of Ana. It has been used as a standalone name and as a nickname for longer names like Annabella or Anastasia. Anita has had periods of popularity in different countries and times. In the United States, it had its peak popularity in the early to mid-20th century. It gained significant attention in the 1930s and reached its highest rank in the 1940s, ranking in the top 100 names. Over the years, its popularity has gradually declined, and by the early 21st century, it became less commonly used. It has a warm and approachable sound, making it a beloved choice for parents seeking a name with a classic yet unique touch. 

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