Meaning and name origin
Cristen \c-ris-ten, cr(i)-sten\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's name Cristen), is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Cristen is "follower of Christ". Cristen is a variant of Christian (Latin): from Latin Christianus, a girl's name in the Middle Ages that became used as a male name, possibly due to the success of John Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress" (1684), whose hero is called Christian.
Cristen is not a popular first name for males and an equally uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Cristen and its source form. The only popular variation form ranked in the Top 1000/100 is Christian (#42). (2014 statistics).