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What does Kirsten mean?

Kirsten Pronunciation of Kirsten [kirsten] as a girls' name is pronounced KERS-ten. It is of Scandinavian and Latin origin, and the meaning of Kirsten is "follower of Christ". Variant of Christine. The name has been in use in Scotland since long ago. Actresses Kirstie Alley, Kirsten Dunst.

Associated with: scandinavian, scotland.


Kirsten has 20 variants: Keerstin, Keirstin, Kersten, Kerstin, Kerstin, Kiersten, Kiersten, Kierstin, Kierstynn, Kirsteen, Kirsti, Kirstie, Kirstin, Kirstine, Kirsty, Kirstyn, Kirstynn, Kjerstin, Kristyn and Kyrstin.

Affiliated girl names: Khristina, Kirsi, Kristen, Kristine and Christina.

7 more alternative forms via Christine, Kirstie: Christen, Kirstee, Kristeen, Kristen, Kristene, Kristin and Krystene.

Creative forms:
(female) Kasten, Kisten, ..

(male) Kirden, Kirken, ..

Middle name pairings:
Kirsten Yamilet (K.Y.), ..

How popular is Kirsten?

Kirsten is a very popular first name for females (#632 out of 4276, Top 15%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#33933 out of 150436, Top 23%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Kirsten was first listed in 1940-1949 and reached its top position of #154 in the U.S. in the year 1991, and is currently at #1736. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Christina (#333 last year), Christine (#793), Kristen (#888), Kiersten (#1398), Kristin (#1871), Kirstyn, Kristyn, Kristine, Kirsty, Kirsti, Kerstin, Kierstin, Christen, Kirstie and Kirstin are the prominent varying forms of Kirsten (#1736 last year). These relations of Kirsten were popular as baby names 4 decades ago (usage of 3%) and have become much less widespread since (usage 0.1%, 96.8% less), with versions such as Kristine becoming somewhat dated.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kirsten, Christen, Christina, Christine, Kerstin in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kiersten, Kierstin, Kirsti, Kirstie, Kirstin in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kirsty, Kirstyn, Kristen, Kristin, Kristine, Kristyn in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Kirsten, Christina, Christine, Kirsty outside U.S.

Similar Names

Kirsten is alike in pronunciation to Karsten. Other suggested similar names are Aireen, Chrysten, Cristen, Eirawen, Eireen, Eiren, Eirwen, Kareen, Karen, Karleen, Karlen, Karmen, Karren, Karson, Keren, Khristeen (see Christina), Khristel, Khristen, Khristena (see Christina), Khristin, Khrystyn, Kinsee, Kinsey, Kinsie, Kismet, Kissie, Kittee, Kittey (see Katherine), Koreen, Koren, Kristan, Kristee (see Christy), Kristel, Kristena, Kristey, Kristien, Krystee, Krystel, Krysten, Krystin, Krystyn, Larsen, Larssen, Tirien, Tirrien and Tristen. These names tend to be less frequently used than Kirsten.

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