Meaning and name origin
Tristan \t-ris-tan, tr(i)-stan\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's name Tristan), is pronounced TRISS-tan. It is of Celtic origin. From a Celtic name. In Arthurian legend, Tristan (sometimes called Tristram) was a Knight of the Round Table and the tragic hero of the medieval tale "Tristan and Isolde". The tale has been retold in many poems and operas. This ancient name may derive from a Pictish original, Drostan, but the form was probably influenced by the French term "triste", meaning "sad". The name is popular in Spain.
Tristan is a somewhat popular first name for males (#778 out of 1220, Top 64%) and an even more popular surname or last name for all people (#14730 out of 88799, Top 17%) (Source: 2000 U.S. Population Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Tristan for boys. Tristan reached its highest rank of #68 in the U.S. in 1996 (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Tristan and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Tristan (#101), Tristen (#507), Triston (#856), Tristian (#878), Trystan and Tristin. (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).
A suggested similar baby name is Kristan. This name tends to be less commonly used than Tristan.