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I think Kit on its own would be fine for a child, but I could imagine a future doctor, judge, opera singer, etc wanting another option.
In that vein, I'm on team "Whatever Longer Name You Like" - I don't think it needs to be Katherine or Christopher-related. Kendall, Catalina, Caitlin (or various other spellings), Kara... all of those and many more work, in my opinion!
We actually have a chicken named Mina, short for Wilhelmina! RIP Esther, Cleo, and Bess (all named for queens, in case that interests anyone!).
I also know of two Denver families who each have a Clementine AND a Magnolia. I bet they didn't think they were picking zombie names. :-D
Sadly, Astrid just makes me think of the episode of The Office where Michael mistakenly has AstIRd printed on the M&Ms for Jan's baby shower. I'm rarely one to point out the teasing potential of a name, but that one is just so THERE.
I really like Abel and Ansel that a previous commenter mentioned. What about the oh-so-British Alfie?
I love the sound of Io, but not that (depending on the typeface) it can be difficult to decipher on paper. I do know an Ilo (male) though, who seems to be making it through life well enough!
Do we think the generation being named currently is far enough from Inigo Montoya ("you killed my father, prepare to die.") to have shed that baggage?
Some of the Biblically-rooted male names are interesting. The Prayer of Jabez had a burst of popularity about 15 years ago - books, Bible studies, sermon series. There is a Christian band that was very popular around that time called Caedmon's Call. I wonder if those associations help or hurt those names - or if they're relevant at all for many people!
Cressida is also a character in the Hunger Games series (Mockingjay, I believe), which seems relevant. I'm trying to figure out if the emphasis on the first syllable (which Jessica shares) separates it a big from the Vanessa, Marissa, Alyssa crowd. Maybe?
Trend cycles are a funny thing. It seems so unlikely to me that names like Donna and Janet will come back around, but I bet there are people who thought the same thing of Hazel and Ruby!
Popular blogger Joanna Goddard (Cup of Jo) has a Tobias-called-Toby. Her readership is extensive, so I could see that nudging the name forward as well.