Kit is a short form of the forename Christopher. There are two main types of such shortenings: they are convenient for writing, e.g. in lists; or they are essentially spoken pet-names, and thus informal. (See Conventional abbreviations for forenames.)
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- Note that any informal form may be spelled in different ways. Notably, any spelling listed that ends in '-ie' may be written with the ending '-y', and vice versa.
The playwright Christopher Marlowe (1564-93) was known to his contemporaries as Kit Marlowe.
- There is a common noun, kit, meaning loosely 'equipment'. You are advised not use this informal word in academic writing.