What does Tristan mean?
Tristan /tris-tan/ as a boys' name (also used less generally as girls' 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.
How popular is Tristan?
Tristan is a somewhat prominent first name for males (#778 out of 1220, Top 64%) and an even more prominent last name for both adults and children (#8586 out of 150436, Top 6%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the birth name popularity of Tristan for boys. Tristan entered the list in 1970-1979 and reached its peak position of #68 in the U.S. in 1996, and is currently at #101. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Shown below is an analysis of the usage of Tristan and associated names. Tristen (#507 2 years ago), Tristian (#878), Tristin, Triston (#856) and Trystan are the popular varying forms of Tristan (#101 2 years ago). These relations of Tristan were popular in the year 1996 (average #403) and are somewhat less popular today (#723, ▼53.7%). Tristan has been the recurring favorite, though Tristen has also become trendy as well, while Tristian, Tristin, Triston and Trystan are now less popular. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
A recommended similar baby name is Kristan. This name tends to be less frequently used than Tristan.