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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 has 10 variant forms: Drostan, Tris, Tristam, Tristen, Tristian, Tristin, Triston, Tristram, Tristyn and Trystan.

There are 2 feminine forms of Tristan: Trista and Tristana.

A suggested similar baby name is Kristan.


Tristan is a somewhat popular first name for males (#778 out of 1220) and an even more popular surname or last name for all people (#14730 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).

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