English, diminutive of Christopher
"bearer of Christ"

Kit Origin and Meaning

The name Kit is a boy's name of English origin meaning "bearer of Christ".

Actor Kit Harington, aka the dreamy Jon Snow on Game of Thrones, has given this nickname-name new style and appeal for boys. Actress Jodie Foster used it for her son.

Kit is one of those names that is gender-neutral but has a different derivation for boys and girls. For boys, it originated as a short form of Christopher, while for girls, it's an updated diminutive of Katherine.

Kit as a full name is still beneath the Top 1000 for both sexes in the US, but it's getting more popular. In 2022, 166 baby girls and 137 baby boys were named Kit, up from 104 and 129 in 2021.

# 929 in the US

Kit Rank in US Top 1000

# 67 on Nameberry

Kit Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Kit Popularity

Famous People Named Kit

  • Christopher Houston "Kit" CarsonAmerican frontiersman
  • Christopher Catesby "Kit" HaringtonEnglish actor
  • Kit WatkinsAmerican jazz singer
  • Christopher "Kit" FrenchAmerican singer of band Parachute
  • Christopher Cornelius "Kit" CulkinAmerican actor and father of Macaulay Culkin
  • Christopher "Kit" MarloweEnglish playwright
  • Christopher "Kit" Foster (b. 2001)son of American actress Jodie Foster
  • Kit Bomer (b. 2005)son of actor Matt Bomer
  • Kit James Thornton (b. 2015)son of actors James Thornton & Joanna Page
  • Christopher Carlton "Kit" Cumberbatch (b. 2015)son of Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter
  • Kit Rooney (b. 2016)son of footballer Wayne Rooney
  • Kit Harry Francis Judd (b. 2017)son of McFly drummer Harry Judd

Kit in Pop Culture

  • Christopher "Kit" Walker Jr.aka The Phantom, comic book superhero
  • Kit Walkercharacter on TV's "American Horror Story: Asylum"
  • Christopher "Kit" Rodrigueza character in the "Young Wizards" series
  • Kit Cloudkickercharacter in Disney's animated series TaleSpin
  • Kit Ramseya main character in film "Bowfinger"
  • Kit Nelsoncharacter on TV's "Alcatraz"
  • Kit aka Prince Charmingcharacter in 2015 Disney film Cinderella
  • Kit Fistocharacter in the Star Wars series
  • Kit Oxenfordcharacter in Ken Follett's "Whiteout"
  • Kit Carrutherscharacter in the film "Badlands"
  • Christopher "Kit" Herondalecharacter in the Dark Artifices series by Cassandra Clare
  • "Kit and Kitty"a novel by R. D. Blackmore
  • Kit Katchocolate bar
  • Kitterm for a young animal such as a fox

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