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What does Kristen mean?

Kristen [kris-ten] as a girls' name is pronounced KRISS-ten. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Kristen is "follower of Christ".

Variant of Christine; combined form of Kirsten and Kristina. See also Christen and Kirsten. Actresses Kristin Scott Thomas, Kristin Davis.

Associated with: combined (blend).


Kristen has 24 variants: Khristin, Krissie, Krissy, Krista, Kristan, Kristeen, Kristel, Kristelle, Kristi, Kristian, Kristijna, Kristin, Kristina, Kristine, Kristyn, Kristyna, Krisztina, Krysia, Krysta, Krysten, Krystin, Krystyn, Krystyna and Krystynn.

Affiliated girl names: Trista and Christina.

Kristen has 38 more different relations via Christen, Christine, Kirsten, Kristin, Kristina: Christan, Christeen, Christen, Christene, Christin, Christon, Christyn, Chrysten, Cristen, Cristin, Cristine, Cristyn, Crystene, Crystin, Keirstin, Kersten, Kerstin, Khristeen, Khristina, Khristine, Kiersten, Kirsteen, Kirstin, Kirstyn, Kristain, Kristaine, Kristeena, Kristena, Kristene, Kristiana, Kristiane, Kristyne, Krysteena, Krystene, Krystina, Krystine, Krystyne and Kyrstin.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Krisstan, Kriten, ..

(male) Krislen, Kriston, ..

How popular is Kristen?

Kristen is a very popular first name for women (#194 out of 4276, Top 5%) and a slightly less popular surname for all people (#80502 out of 150436, Top 54%). (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Charted below is the baby name statistics of Kristen for girls. Kristen entered the list in 1940-1949 and reached its peak position of #38 in the U.S. in the 1980s, and is currently at #814. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Displayed below is an analysis of the popularity of the girl name Kristen and associated names. Prominent alternative forms of Kristen (#814 the previous year) rated in the Top 2000 are Christina (#326 the previous year), Christine (#689), Kristina (#779), Kiersten (#1277), Kirsten (#1295), Kristin (#1605), Krista (#1761), Kristine, Kristyn, Christeen, Christen, Kristiana, Krysta, Krysten, Trista, Krystyna, Krystina, Krystin, Kristian, Kristi, Christin, Kirstin, Cristen, Kerstin, Cristine, Kirstyn, Krissy, Christene, Kristel, Kristan, Christan and Cristin. Adoption of these forms of Kristen was widespread during 1980-1989 (usage of 3.7%) and is now much less (usage 0.1%, down 97%).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kristen, Christan, Christeen, Christen, Christene in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Christin, Christina, Christine, Cristen, Cristin in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cristine, Kerstin, Kiersten, Kirsten, Kirstin in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kirstyn, Krissy, Krista, Kristan, Kristel in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kristi, Kristian, Kristiana, Kristin, Kristina in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kristine, Kristyn, Krysta, Krysten, Krystin in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Krystina, Krystyna, Trista in U.S.

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

Similar Names


Kristen is pronounced similarly to Khristen and Krisanne. Other suggested similar names are Britten, Cristel, Cristena, Karsten, Khrista, Khristal, Khristel, Khristena (see Christina), Khristian, Khristie, Khristy, Khristya (see Christina), Khristyna, Khrystyn, Kirstee, Kristal, Kristale (see Crystal), Kristalee, Kristalena, Kristall, Kristalyn, Kristee (see Christy), Kristell, Kristella, Kristey, Kristiann, Kristie, Kristien, Kristienne, Kristinia, Kristinna, Kristl (see Crystal), Kristle, Kristol, Kristy, Krystah, Krystal, Krystee, Krystel, Krysti, Krystia, Krystie, Krystil, Krystka (see Christina), Krystl, Krystle, Krystlea, Krystol (see Crystal), Krysty, Krystyl (see Crystal), Tristan, Tristen, Tristin and Tristyn. These names tend to be less frequently used than Kristen.