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What does Kit mean?

Kit /kit/ as a boys' name (also used as girls' name Kit) is pronounced kit. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Kit is "bearing Christ".

Nickname for Christopher before Chris was used. Christopher Columbus named the Caribbean island of Saint Kitts for himself and Saint Christopher, the patron of travelers. Frontiersman Kit Carson.

Associated with: greek, saint


Kit has 1 variant: Kitt.

Related boy name: Christian.

Kit has 4 more alternative forms via Chris, Christopher: Cris, Kris, Kriss and Kristo.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Kidy, Kitte, ..

(female) Kidi, Kitte, ..

How popular is Kit?

Kit is an uncommon first name for men but a very popular last name for all people (#72466 out of 150436, Top 48%). (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Presented below is the baby name history of Kit for boys. Kit reached its peak rank of #863 in the U.S. in the 1950s, but is not listed at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kit name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Kit outside U.S.

Chris (#514 in 2014), Christian (#42), Christopher (#30), Cris, Kris and Kriss are the popular varying forms of Kit ranked in the Top 2000. These relations of Kit were favored by parents 4 decades ago (adoption of 3.2%) and have become significantly less common since (adoption 1%, down 69%), with versions like Kris becoming less in vogue.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kit, Chris, Christian, Christopher, Cris in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kris, Kriss in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Christian, Christopher outside U.S.

Similar Names


Recommended names are Kim and Kip. These names tend to be more commonly used than Kit.