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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Kit

"Kit" is a name of American origin, and it means "Nickname for Katherine or Christopher". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Kit
To cut.
noun Kit
A kitten.

Etymology: See Kitten

noun Kit
A small violin.

Etymology: Gf. AS. cytere harp, L. cithara. Cf. Guitar

noun Kit
Senses
  1. A large bottle.
  2. A wooden tub or pail, smaller at the top than at the bottom; as, a kit of butter, or of mackerel.
  3. A straw or rush basket for fish; also, any kind of basket.(Prov. Eng)
  4. A box for working implements.
  5. Hence:A collection of tools or other objects to be used for a specific purpose, often contained in a box which may be carried conveniently; a working outfit, as of a workman, a soldier, and the like; as, a plumber's kit; a doctor's kit; a cosmetic kit; a first-aid kit .
  6. A group of separate parts, things, or individuals; -- used with whole, and generally contemptuously; as, the whole kit of them; the whole kit and kaboodle.

Etymology: Cf. D. kit a large bottle, OD. kitte beaker, decanter

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Young of any of various fur-bearing animals ("a fox kit")
  2. Gear consisting of a set of articles or tools for a specified purpose
  3. A case for containing a set of articles
  4. Supply with a set of articles or tools
Wiktionary

English from the 14th century, from Middle Dutch kitte (“a wooden vessel made of hooped staves”). Related to Dutch kit "tankard". The further etymology is unknown.

  1. A circular wooden vessel, made of hooped staves.
  2. A kind of basket made from straw of rushes, especially for holding fish; by extension, the contents of such a basket, used as a measure of weight.
    He was pushing a barrow on the fish dock, wheeling aluminium which, when full, each contain 10 stone of fish.
  3. A collection of items forming the equipment of a soldier, carried in a knapsack.
  4. Any collection of items needed for a specific purpose, especially for use by a workman, or personal effects packed for travelling.
    Always carry a good first-aid .
  5. A collection of parts sold for the buyer to assemble.
    I built the entire car from a .
  6. (Britain, sports) The standard set of clothing, accessories and equipment worn by players.
  7. (Britain, informal) Clothing.
    Get your off and come to bed.
  8. (computing, informal) A full software distribution, as opposed to a patch or upgrade.
  9. (music) drum kit

The transfer of meaning to the contents of a soldier's knapsack dates to the late 18th century, extended use of any collection of necessaries used for travelling dates to the first half of the 19th century. The further widening of the sense to a collection of parts sold for the buyer to assemble emerges in US English in the mid 20th century.

  1. A circular wooden vessel, made of hooped staves.
  2. A kind of basket made from straw of rushes, especially for holding fish; by extension, the contents of such a basket, used as a measure of weight.
    He was pushing a barrow on the fish dock, wheeling aluminium which, when full, each contain 10 stone of fish.
  3. A collection of items forming the equipment of a soldier, carried in a knapsack.
  4. Any collection of items needed for a specific purpose, especially for use by a workman, or personal effects packed for travelling.
    Always carry a good first-aid .
  5. A collection of parts sold for the buyer to assemble.
    I built the entire car from a .
  6. (Britain, sports) The standard set of clothing, accessories and equipment worn by players.
  7. (Britain, informal) Clothing.
    Get your off and come to bed.
  8. (computing, informal) A full software distribution, as opposed to a patch or upgrade.
  9. (music) drum kit

A short form of kitten. From the 16th century (spelled kytte, kitt). From the 19th century also extended to other young animals (mink, fox, muskrat, etc.), and to a species of small fox ("kit-fox").

  1. kitten
  2. kit fox

16th century, perhaps from cithara

  1. Synonym of kit violin

Borrowing from German kitte, kütte (ca. 1880).

  1. a school of pigeons, especially domesticated, trained pigeons

    kit was also found in the following language(s): Crimean Tatar, Danish, Dutch, Hungarian, Jehai, Lojban, Polish, Portuguese, Serbo-Croatian, Slovene, Spanish, Tok Pisin, and Turkmen

    Notable Persons Named Kit

    Kit Harington is an actor. His ongoing career started in 2008. Kit was given the name Christopher Catesby Harington on December 26th, 1986 in London. Kit is also known as Christopher Harington.

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    Kit Carson was a mountain man, frontiersman, guide, indian agent, united states army officer, and frontier. Kit was born on December 24th, 1809 in Richmond, Kentucky. He left this life on May 23rd, 1868.

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    Kit Culkin is an actor and manager. Kit was given the name Christopher Cornelius Culkin on December 6th, 1944 in Manhattan, New York, U.S.

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    Her career lasted from 1995 to 1995. Kit was given the name Catherine Hoover on July 29th, 1970 in Atlanta.

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    Kit Bond is a senator. He was most active from 1987 to 2011. Kit was given the name Christopher Samuel Bond on March 6th, 1939 in St. Louis.

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    Kit Williamson is an actor. Kit was born on November 13th, 1985 in Jackson, Mississippi, United States. Kit is also known as Robert Chapman Williamson, Williamson, and Robert Chapman.

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Kit

    Barys Kit is a in the fields of mathematics, astronautics, chemistry, and physics etc.. Barys was born on April 6th, 1910 in Saint Petersburg.

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    Wong was born in 1944. Wong is also known as Wong Kiew Kit.

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    Jack Ah Kit is a Member of the Parliament of the Northern Territory for Arnhem. His most notable accomplishments were from 1995 to 2005. Jack was given the name John Leonard Ah Kit on July 22nd, 1950 in Alice Springs, Northern Territory. Jack is also known as Ah Kit and Jack (nickname).

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    Lee Kit is a in the fields of visual arts, painting, video, and sculpture. Lee was born in 1978 in Hong Kong.

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    Daniel-Leon Kit is an entertainer/performer, writer, and songwriter. He has been prominent since 2002. Daniel-Leon was given the name Daniel Leon Kit Walker on June 14th, 1998. Daniel-Leon is also known as Daniel-Leon and Daniel-Leon Kit Armstrong Hackett-Walker.

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    Leung Hing Kit is a soccer player for the South China AA, Hong Kong C Team, Hong Kong 08, Hong Kong Rangers FC, Hong Kong national under-23 football team, and Hong Kong national football team. Leung was born on October 22nd, 1989. Leung is also known as 梁興傑 (Chinese).

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    How popular is the baby name Kit in the U.S.?

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    Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
    1880 5 0 5
    1889 5 0 5
    1890 8 0 8
    1892 5 0 5
    1909 5 0 5
    1914 6 0 6
    1915 8 0 8
    1916 7 0 7
    1917 11 0 11
    1918 6 0 6
    1919 5 0 5
    1920 8 0 8
    1921 16 0 16
    1922 11 0 11
    1924 6 0 6
    1925 10 5 5
    1926 16 6 10
    1927 16 6 10
    1928 14 8 6
    1929 7 0 7
    1930 7 0 7
    1931 6 0 6
    1933 5 0 5
    1934 6 0 6
    1935 10 0 10
    1936 6 0 6
    1937 15 6 9
    1938 8 8 0
    1939 13 0 13
    1940 30 10 20
    1941 45 9 36
    1942 43 12 31
    1943 58 14 44
    1944 81 25 56
    1945 55 27 28
    1946 80 24 56
    1947 84 32 52
    1948 76 25 51
    1949 63 21 42
    1950 95 28 67
    1951 103 35 68
    1952 109 35 74
    1953 101 27 74
    1954 113 39 74
    1955 132 46 86
    1956 129 50 79
    1957 137 60 77
    1958 112 44 68
    1959 96 37 59
    1960 77 38 39
    1961 81 34 47
    1962 62 33 29
    1963 77 35 42
    1964 63 26 37
    1965 57 15 42
    1966 44 15 29
    1967 52 14 38
    1968 41 10 31
    1969 45 9 36
    1970 36 13 23
    1971 61 15 46
    1972 52 11 41
    1973 41 15 26
    1974 46 10 36
    1975 34 5 29
    1976 34 8 26
    1977 38 11 27
    1978 41 5 36
    1979 38 11 27
    1980 42 15 27
    1981 44 9 35
    1982 45 11 34
    1983 39 10 29
    1984 40 7 33
    1985 25 0 25
    1986 23 0 23
    1987 40 9 31
    1988 17 5 12
    1989 12 0 12
    1990 23 5 18
    1991 20 0 20
    1992 21 5 16
    1993 26 7 19
    1994 17 0 17
    1995 17 0 17
    1996 18 0 18
    1997 17 6 11
    1998 13 0 13
    1999 15 6 9
    2000 18 5 13
    2001 27 5 22
    2002 12 5 7
    2003 10 0 10
    2004 23 7 16
    2005 20 8 12
    2006 7 0 7
    2007 14 6 8
    2008 17 7 10
    2009 24 12 12
    2010 23 13 10
    2011 22 9 13
    2012 31 15 16
    2013 24 13 11
    2014 37 16 21
    2015 68 28 40
    2016 89 31 58
    2017 116 49 67

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    Common last names for Kit

    • Carson
    • Wong
    • Lee
    • Johnson
    • Jones

    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Kit U.S.
      White 52.20% 64.26%
      African American 5.97% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 38.36% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 2.20% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Kit

    People with the last name Kit are most frequently White or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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    Fun Facts about the name Kit

    • How Popular is the name Kit? Kit is the 4,277th most popular name of all time. As a last name Kit was the 62,903rd most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Kit have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 4,109 babies born with the first name Kit in the United States. That's more than enough people named Kit to occupy the territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 4,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Kit? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
    • When was Kit first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Kit is Wednesday, February 14th, 1872.
    • What year had the most people named Kit born? The highest recorded use of the first name Kit was in 1955 with a total of 86 babies.
    • Random Kit Factoid: According to the 1946 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Kit is not a popular baby boy's name in Illinois. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Illinois have the same name as you in 1946.
    • Weird things about the name Kit: Your name in reverse order is Tik. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Itk. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Kit? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 318 people with the last name Kit.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Kit? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Kit as their last name since less than 1 person in 909k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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    • Sources:
    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
    • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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