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What does Trista mean?

Trista Pronunciation of Trista [trista] as a girls' name is pronounced TRISS-tah. It is of English origin. Feminine of Tristan and/or a rhyming variant of Christa. The spelling of Trysta suggests the English word "tryst", usually taken to mean a romantic appointment to meet. The source was the name of a tragic male lover of Celtic legend. A young knight sent to retrieve Isolde, his king's betrothed, from Ireland, they fall in love but the romance ended in grief. This ancient name might derive from a Pictish original, Drostan, but the form was influenced by the French term "triste", meaning "sad". Tristan is used more for boys than for girls; Tristan variants serve as alternatives to names like Kristen and Christine. A woman named Trista Rehn appeared in the 2002 reality show "The Bachelorette".

Associated with: legend (mythology), young, knight (warrior), king (queen), ireland (gaelic), ancient (old).


Trista has 9 variants: Tristan, Tristana, Tristen, Tristin, Tristina, Tristyn, Trysta, Trystan and Trystin.

24 more related forms via Christa, Christine, Kristen: Chrissa, Christa, Christi, Christy, Chrysta, Crista, Crysta, Khrista, Khrysta, Krissy, Krista, Kristain, Kristan, Kristel, Kristen, Kristi, Kristian, Kristin, Kristina, Kristyn, Kristyna, Krysia, Krysta and Krystah.

Creative forms:
(female) Tersta, Trita, ..

(male) Trist, Trita, ..

Middle name pairings:
Trista Cora (T.C.), ..

How popular is Trista?

Trista is a very popular first name for females (#1330 out of 4276, Top 31%) but a unique surname for all people. (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Trista was first listed in 1970-1979 and reached its highest position of #442 in the U.S. during 1980-1989, but is not in the list currently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Prominent varying forms of Trista are Kristina (#742 from current records), Christine (#793), Kristen (#888), Krista (#1697), Kristin (#1871), Krysta, Kristyn, Christi, Tristan, Tristin, Tristen, Tristyn, Kristian, Krissy, Crysta, Crista, Kristan, Kristel, Kristi, Christa and Christy. Usage of these relations of Trista was widespread 35 years ago (average #841) and is now significantly less (#1817, 98%), with forms like Tristan falling out of fashion.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Trista, Christa, Christi, Christine, Christy in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Crista, Crysta, Krissy, Krista, Kristan in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kristel, Kristen, Kristi, Kristian, Kristin in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kristina, Kristyn, Krysta, Tristan, Tristen in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Tristin, Tristyn in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Alista, Arista, Brieta, Brisa, Brisha, Brisia, Brissa, Brita, Britta, Crissa, Cristal, Cristi, Cristy, Erisha, Irisa, Irisha, Irita, Krisia, Krissa, Kristal, Kristl (see Crystal), Kristy, Prisca, Taisa, Taisha, Taisia, Teisha, Terasita, Teresita, Tersita, Tisa, Tisha, Tita, Tresa, Tressa, Tricia, Trina, Trinita, Tris, Trisa, Trish, Trisha, Trisia, Trissa, Tristenna and Tyisha. These names tend to be less commonly used than Trista.

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