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Meaning and name origin

Kirsten \k(i)-rs-ten, kir-sten\ as a girl's 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.


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

For more information, see also related girl names Khristina, Kirsi, Kristen, Kristine and Christina.


Kirsten is a very popular first name for females (#632 out of 4276, Top 15%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#43265 out of 88799, Top 49%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Kirsten for girls. Kirsten reached its highest rank of #154 in the U.S. in 1991. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Kirsten name in U.S.

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Kirsten and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Christina (#326), Christine (#689), Kristen (#814), Kristyn, Kirsty, Kristine, Kirstie, Kiersten, Kirsten and Kirstin. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Christina, Christine, Kiersten, Kirsten, Kirstie, Kirstin, Kristen, Kristine, Kristyn in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Kirsten is also pronounced similarly to Karsten. Other suggested similar baby names are Khristen, Kirstee and Krysten. These names tend to be less commonly used than Kirsten.