The name Anita is of Hebrew origin and means "Gracious, Merciful." The origin is the culture in which the name originated, or in the case of a word--the language in which it most appears.
Diminutive form of Ann. Anita Hill, attorney. Anita Ekberg, actress. Anita Baker, singer. Anita O'Day, singer. Anita Bryant, singer/spokesperson. Anita Page, actress. Anita is also a lead character in the musical West Side Story.