Tristan: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Tristan

Tristan

Pronunciation: TRIS-tin (key)

Origin of the name Tristan:

From the Old French Tristran, which is from the Gaelic Drystan, a name derived from drest (tumult, riot). The name was borne in medieval legend by a knight who was sent to Israel by King Mark of Cornwall to bring Isolde back to be the king's bride. On the return trip, Tristan and Isolde accidentally drank a love potion intended for the king and fell in love. Tristan left to fight for King Howel of Brittany and, seriously wounded in battle, sent for Isolde. She arrived too late and died from grief next to Tristan's deathbed. The tale was the subject of many popular tragedies during the Middle Ages.

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Tristan does not mean sad.
It is derived from Celtic origins, and means something close to noisy or riotous. It is not derived from french (where triste does mean sad).

This name means SAD
My son's name is Tristan and he is 25 years old in grad school, he has never been sad, extremely noisy or bullied or teased because of his name. This is the first time that I have heard of a surge of black men named Tristan as well. Your child will be who they are because of how you raise them, how you love then, what effort they put into themselves, and teaching them to believe in themselves not by what you name them.

Personal experiences with the name Tristan: | Edit

We know a girl named Tristan.
My son is tristan but wish I knew the meaning was SAD before I named him
I know a woman named Tristina.

My teenage son loves his name Tristan because of all the heroic/ mythic connotations from King Arthur (he's a knight of the Round Table) and Tristan & Isolde. The name means sad, but some people love a good tragedy. Tristan ends up dead in Tristan & Isolde, but so do Romeo & Juliet. Our heritage is British and it is relatively common over there.

I know a friend of mine's boyfriend is named, Tristan.

My son's name is Tristan & I'm so sorry to say that I actually regret it :(

I know a boy named tristan & he hates his name with a passion
I have known mostly black men called tristan I've never met a white guy with this name...I'm not sure if I like it...it's an ok name but wouldn't pick it myself

My name is Tristan & I wish it weren't!

My brother always got bullied & he is named tristan

Nicknames for Tristan: | Edit

Tris, Trist
TAAY
Kisston
Ty

Meanings and history of the name Tristan: | Edit

It is of Celtic origin. Meaning: Tumult; outcry. 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.

Famous real-life people named Tristan: | Edit

Tristan Tzara, Dadaist poet
Salvador Dali's work on the ballet "Tristan Fou"

Tristan in song, story & screen: | Edit

Little tristan from some BBC show the freaky little kid

-Tristan Dugray in "Gilmore Girls" (portrayed by Chad Michael Murray)
-Tristan and Isolde - the opera by Wagner is the best known adaptation/dramatization of the legend
-Tristan Ludlow in "Legends of the Fall" (portrayed by Brad Pitt in the film). The name had a brief blip of trendiness after this movie. It is based on a novella by Jim Harrison. The name Tristan was chosen by the author for its symbolism- meaning tumult or sad. In the movie, tragedies happen to everyone he is close to: "Tristan is the rock against others are broken".
-Main character in the movie "Stardust" (portrayed by Charlie Cox)
-Tristan Farnon is the likeable younger brother of Siegfried in James Herriot's "All Creatures Great and Small" and other books.
Tristan in the movie "King Arthur"(portrayed by Mads Mikkelsen)
NOTE: Tristan was a Knight of the Round table of legend- he was said to be Lancelot's best friend, they were the best in battle and neither could defeat the other at fencing, plus they bonded over their forbidden lovers.

Tristan the weird little kid from George & Mildred...could cause bullying

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