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What does Tristan mean?

Tristan Pronunciation of Tristan 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH knight (warrior), hero, medieval, tale (literary), ancient (old), popular (famous)


VARIANTS Drostan, Tris, Tristam, Tristen, Tristian, Tristin, Triston, Tristram, Tristyn, Trystan

FEMININE FORMS Trista, Tristana



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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)

Tristan entered the list in 1960-1969 and reached its peak position of #68 in the U.S. in 1996, and is currently at #123. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Tristan name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Tristan outside U.S.

Which version is better?

Tristen (#726 THE PREVIOUS YEAR), Tristian (#884), Tristin (#1419), Triston (#1479), Tristyn and Trystan (#1598) are the popular varying forms of Tristan (#123). These relations of Tristan were popular in the year 1996 (MEDIAN #579) and are somewhat less popular today (#1175, 49.4%). Tristan has been the recurring favorite, though Tristian has grown trendy as well, while forms such as Tristen are now less popular.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Tristan, Tristen, Tristian, Tristin, Triston in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Tristyn, Trystan in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Tristan outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended sound-alike names are Aitan, Arian, Brentan, Brian, Brittan, Christan, Christian, Crispian, Cristen, Cristian, Criston, Destan, Dunstan, Dustan, Eitan, Fintan, Justan, Kristan, Kristian, Krystian, Nisan, Nishan, Nissan, Quintan, Rustan, Tasman, Teigan, Teytan, Thorstan, Thurstan, Tienan, Tilman, Tilton, Torsten, Torston, Trenten, Trentin, Trenton, Trevan, Trevian, Triton, Trueman, Truman, Wriston, Wynstan and Wystan. These names tend to be less frequently used than Tristan.