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Rita Family History

Rita Name 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.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Vita, Rota, Vida, Ritt, Mita, Riva, Sita, Ritz, Pita, Ruta

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Where is the Rita family from?

You can see how Rita families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rita family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Rita families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Rita family living in Vermont. This was 100% of all the recorded Rita's in the USA. Vermont had the highest population of Rita families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Rita surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Rita ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Rita. 38% of Rita men worked as a Laborer and 25% of Rita women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rita were Farmer and Cook.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    38%
  • Mechanic
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    6%
  • Farmer
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    25%
  • Housekeeper
    11%
  • Housework
    9%
  • Cook
    9%
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Census Records

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Rita. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rita census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Rita. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 564 military records available for the last name Rita. For the veterans among your Rita ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Rita lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Rita life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1981, and highest in 1970. The average life expectancy for Rita in 1963 was 70, and 63 in 2004.

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