Meaning and name origin
Trista \t-ris-ta, tr(i)-sta\ as a girl's 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 is a very popular first name for females (#1330 out of 4276, Top 31%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Trista for girls. Trista reached its highest rank of #455 in the U.S. in 1980-1989. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Trista and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Christine (#689), Kristen (#814), Tristen, Tristan, Christa and Trista. (2014 statistics).