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Love the "-ita" suffix at the end. Makes it sound especially nice to my ears.
wh0sbad  7/22/2019
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Anita Faye Hill (born July 30, 1956) is an American lawyer and academic. She is a university professor of social policy, law, and women's studies at Brandeis University and a faculty member of the university’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management. She became a national figure in 1991 when she accused U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, her supervisor at the United States Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, of sexual harassment.
― Anonymous User  5/17/2019
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Anita Östlund (2001-) is a Swedish figure skater. She represented Sweden at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Felie  3/23/2019
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Singer Anita Baker is a famous bearer of this name. I'm surprised no one has mentioned her.
Luvbug86  3/20/2019
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In 2018, 53 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Anita who is registered female with the Social Security Administration. It is the 305th most common female first name for living U.S. citizens.
― Anonymous User  10/17/2018
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In Italy Anita was the #44 most popular feminine name used for newborns in 2016. In fact, in 2016 were born 994 babies with this name.
Felie  9/24/2018
4
Anita is a really pretty name.
kayisforkeen  8/12/2018
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Anita to me only works as a diminutive of Ana, as it seems kind of silly. Not too bad though, but I really dislike Anita Sarkeesian and it makes me think of a liberal extremist. No offense to other Anitas, I’m sure you’re not like her.
DanielRivera  8/4/2018
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I don't like the idea that a bigoted anti gay conservative activist has the name, but this name would be fine without her, actually I may like it.
― Anonymous User  5/5/2018
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The only issue I ever had was people's pronunciation. In my case, it is ah-NEE-tah, crisp and clear! And NOT ahh-need-ugh... like something is stuck in the throat! I realize not everyone uses the same pronunciation! I am named after a great aunt, but the family is French Acadian, and I have always wondered how the name came to the family! I am Anita :) 51 years old and I have never heard one "I need a..." joke, and Anita Bryant is such old news that nobody seems to know the name anymore, so using it now seems perfect.
― Anonymous User  10/24/2017
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Anita Doth was one half of 2 Unlimited, along with Ray Slijngaard. She left in 2016.
thezenithofnadir  10/10/2017
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Sadly, Anita Bryant did a number on this name. The sound of the name is nice enough, but it will take a long time for it not to be associated with bigotry and hatred.
musicblind  9/26/2017
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Anita Ward is a disco singer, most famous for her song "Ring My Bell."
Icycoldhot  9/7/2017
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Anita Lorraine Cobby was a 26 year old Australian nurse who was kidnapped, sexually assaulted and murdered while walking home from work on the night of 2 February 1986. Two days after being reported missing, Cobby's body was discovered on a rural farm in Prospect, New South Wales. Investigations led to the arrest of five men who were later convicted of her abduction, rape and murder on 10 June 1987 and each sentenced to life imprisonment on 16 June 1987.
lilolaf  7/1/2017
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Anita Mui Yim-fong was a Hong Kong singer and actress making major contributions to the Cantopop music scene and receiving numerous awards and honours. She remained an idol throughout most of her career, and was generally regarded as a Cantopop diva. Mui once held a sold-out concert in Hammersmith, London, England, where she was dubbed the "Madonna of Asia", which brought her to further international fame. That title stayed with her throughout her career, and has been used as a comparison for both Eastern and Western media.
cutenose  6/16/2017
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More than 99.9 percent of people with the first name Anita are female.
Also Welsh.
― Anonymous User  6/5/2017
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Anita Andreassen is a Norwegian mushing competitor, and she has also competed in cycling and in cross country skiing. She is three times world champion in mushing.
lilolaf  2/27/2017
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Anita is also used in Italy. It was first used in Italy in honor of Anita Garibaldi, the first wife of Giuseppe Garibaldi.
Buneary  2/10/2017
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Anita Farra was an Italian stage and film actress. She appeared in around forty films during her career, generally in small or supporting roles such as that in The Siege of the Alcazar. Farra was also a noted voice actor, dubbing foreign films for release in Italy. She made a number of films in Spain.
cutenose  1/29/2017
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Anita Simoncini is a Sammarinese singer who represented San Marino in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 along with Michele Perniola with the song "Chain of Lights". She also represented San Marino in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2014 as a member of the girl group The Peppermints with the song "Breaking My Heart".
cutenose  1/8/2017
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Anita Briem is an Icelandic actress. She is known for her role as Jane Seymour on The Tudors and her role as Hannah Ásgeirsdottir in Journey to the Center of the Earth.
cutenose  12/13/2016
1
May I suggest Anita Manning (b.1947), a Scottish antiques expert and TV personality as a famous bearer of the name 'Anita'?
McLeeds  12/12/2016
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This is the best name ever... but I might be a little biased. :)
― Anonymous User  11/26/2016
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With 51 170 bearer, Anita is the 23rd most common feminine name in Hungary. (01/01/2016).
HerculePoirot  9/2/2016
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Kerstin Anita Marianne Ekberg was a Swedish-Italian actress, model, and sex symbol. She is best known for her role as Sylvia in the Federico Fellini film La Dolce Vita.
cutenose  6/16/2016
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The name Anita was given to 146 girls born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/15/2016
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The name is also used in Iceland, and Germany.
jegharenbumsipanden  3/22/2016
4
I love it - always thought it was a pretty name. I think it fits on young and old.
silly_rabbit  11/27/2015
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Anita Bryant and Anita Sarkeesian have really ruined this name. I think it's a terrible thing to call your child.
Acajou  8/21/2015
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Anita is also a Hungarian feminine name, becoming quite popular these days.
csipke  5/23/2015
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In Hungary Anita is 23 on the list of the most popular female names.
― Anonymous User  3/16/2015
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Usage should also include: Sanskrit, Hindi, and other languages with Sanskrit origins. Meaning is similar to what is already displayed. [noted -ed]
thesteppinrazor  9/11/2014
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The name Anita was given to 149 baby girls born in the US in 2012.
Oohvintage  7/17/2013
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My name is Anna. A guy at work who is of Mexican descent called me "Anita." He said that it meant "Little Anna".
Annea Lieseza  2/9/2013
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My name's Anita. I was born in the early 90's and have never met any one else with my name. However, I've never met anyone unfamiliar with it.

And despite what other people say about those 'I need a' puns, I've never had anyone tease me. It gels nicely with my Italian surname. My only complaint is, on occasions, when someone in my proximity has said 'I need to (insert action here)', I have turned around thinking they were saying my name.

I also once had an Indian man ask me why my name was Anita. He didn't know it was European name as well as an Indian one.

I really appreciate my name now that I'm older. It's unique. And despite it being not in common use, it's still very pretty. I think it needs a comeback.
― Anonymous User  2/1/2013
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Actress Anita Louise (1915-1970).
moonbaby9307  12/29/2012
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I really don't like this name. It's worn out, sets itself up for a bunch of "I need a" puns, and worst of all, it reminds me of one of those bratty police cadet sisters from El Tigre...
ChaoticBlastoise  8/22/2012
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Anita is a very dull and dated name.
rowan826  3/6/2012
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This is name in Slovenia too. [noted -ed]
ursa  9/2/2011
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I think Anita is a beautiful name! It is short & sweet, while being strong & independent:)
― Anonymous User  10/20/2010
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Anita is hideously ugly and dated.
― Anonymous User  11/19/2009
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I love this name. It's also used in Croatia, and it's pronounced ah-NITT-ah. It doesn't sound like "I need a".
enchy  9/7/2009
3
Anita is also an Italian name, not only Spanish and Finnish.
Fantafree  6/5/2009
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I think that Anita is in Spain used as a nickname Ana, it means "little Ana" in Spanish.
10Katta12  4/21/2009
2
I adore this name and would name my daughter Anita. It is so perfect for a little girl just like Nina or Anya. It is feminine yet doesn't sound weak.
mare  4/9/2009
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Italian assistant director Alessandro Casale and Slovak actress Barbora Bobul'ová have a daughter Anita Casale, born in August 2008.
Emilie007  1/14/2009
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Anita Page was a silent film actress who died recently at 98.
bananarama  11/15/2008
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It's also the name of Roger's wife in Disney's 101 Dalmatians. Heh.

It's a beautiful name too. Very classy.
Linden  9/4/2008
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Anita Jeram is a well-known English illustrator of children's books.
Jonquil  8/31/2008
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This is my name, and I can definitely say I have heard the "I need a" pun many, many times. However, as I've gotten older I've come to appreciate it. As an adult I've had many people tell me that it's a beautiful and unique name. Don't worry about teasing too much if you're considering this name, because children will find a way to make fun of any name if they try hard enough.
ScruffyPrincess  8/20/2008
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Anita Briem - an Icelandic actress who plays Jane Seymour in the Tudors and stars in Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D.
greenfairy  5/29/2008
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Americans, do your daughter a favor and do not name her this, as the name will inevitably lead to bad puns, especially with the wrong type of surname. In other countries, the name works quite differently, as it doesn't sound like ''I need a''.
slight night shiver  4/19/2008
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Also a feminine name in Slovenia.
earthnut  7/3/2007
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A famous bearer of this name would be Anita Carter who had an absolutely beautiful voice. She was the sister of June Carter Cash. I'm a big fan.
Cyneburga  3/7/2007
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I don't agree that Anita Bryant has ruined this name. Yeah, she's a bigot and not very concerned with hiding it, but her star has fallen and been fallen for many years. She's not much in the news anymore, I cannot recall the last time I heard her name in the press.
I think Anita is a very pretty and lively name. My problem with it is it just cries out for a moronic pun to be made out of it: Anita Mann, Anita Hooker, Anita Beer, Anita Beaton, you name it.
Starla Roxanne  9/12/2006
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Origin is Indian as well.
― Anonymous User  8/22/2006
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I think this is an elegant name, one that a child could easily grow up with and it isn't over used.
― Anonymous User  4/25/2006
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Anita is my mom's name when she changed it. Her name used to be something eles before Anita is what I'm saying. I like the name. ^_^
roxyblues  4/21/2006
2
Pet name form of Spanish Juanita. Considered to be an alternative form for Joanna. Quite widely used in Poland.
Ryan  4/8/2006
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Anita is the wife of Prince Pieter-Christiaan of Orange-Nassau (The Netherlands).
― Anonymous User  11/16/2005
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This name can also be Aneeta and it is Indian (pronounced the same).
― Anonymous User  9/22/2005
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A famous bearer is Swedish actress Anita Ekberg. This name is also used in Italy.
else_dk  9/19/2005
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Character named Anita Blake in Laurell K. Hamilton's "Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter" series.
Ciarda  7/14/2005
2
There is a character in the musical West Side Story named Anita.
SamuellaAnabella  7/5/2005
3
It's a beautiful name! In Portugal Anita is the main character of a famous collection of books.
Mary-Rach  5/14/2005
1
If it wasn't for Anita Bryant, this name would be pretty, but alas, the bigoted, obnoxious Bryant has soiled this name for me.
gaelruadh19  4/20/2005

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