Meaning and Name Origin
Trista \t-ris-ta, tr(i)-sta\ 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".
Trista▼ has 47 more related forms via Christa, Christine, Kristen: Chris▼, Chrissa, Christa▼, Christen▼, Christi▼, Christie▼, Christy▼, Chryssa, Chrysta, Crista, Cristine, Crysta, Crystie, Crystin, Khrista, Khristin, Khrysta, Kirsty, Krissie, Krissy, Krista▼, Kristain, Kristaine, Kristan, Kristeen, Kristel, Kristen▼, Kristene, Kristi▼, Kristian▼, Kristijna, Kristin▼, Kristina▼, Kristine▼, Kristyn▼, Kristyna, Kristyne, Krisztina, Krysia, Kryssi, Krysta▼, Krystah, Krysten, Krystin, Krystyn, Krystyna and Tinie.
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. Census)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Trista for girls. Trista was first listed in 1970-1979 and reached its highest position of #455 in the U.S. during 1980-1989, but is not in the Top 1000 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a charted analysis of the usage of the girl name Trista and affiliated names. Prominent varying forms of Trista appearing in the Top 1000 are Christine (#689 the previous year), Kristina (#779), Kristen (#814), Krysta, Kristyn, Kristine, Christa, Krysten, Krystin, Tristen, Tristan, Kristin, Kristian, Crysta, Christy, Christen, Christie, Kirsty, Krista, Kristi, Chris, Kristan and Christi. Adoption of these girl names was at its apex during 1980-1989 and is now significantly less, with forms like Kristen, Kristina, Christine, Kristyn and Kristine falling out of fashion. (2014 Birth Statistics)