Its source is Ana, a Spanish name meaning "Favored grace."
The name Nenita ranked 3420th in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census.
Though this name appears on the 1990 U.S. Census lists, it is used by only a small percentage of the general population.
Though Anita emerged among Spanish-speaking people, it has come into general use throughout the Western world. American singer and activist Anita Bryant and Swedish actress Anita Ekberg are two examples of this name's far-ranging usage.